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Home > Engines & Directories > Search Tools 

 Search Toolbars & more 

 The Wayback Machine 

Try the Wayback Machine, an archive of 10 billion web pages going as far back as 1996 (more here). Or within a Google search, click on "cached".

They also have an Advanced Search - specify dates, make comparisons and more...

NB: If internal links in dead pages are archived, the link will work.

 Alexa Toolbar 

Free search toolbar for Window with Internet Explorer (version 5.0 or newer). Download / learn more!

This is how it looks:

  • Web Search - uses Google
  • Pop-Up Blocker
  • Site Info and Related Links - lots of information from Alexa
  • Wayback Machine - the only toolbar which offers this amazing tool - archives of web sites

10 million users worldwide!

 Google Toolbar 

The Google Toolbar is available free of charge and includes these great features:

Google Search: Access Google's search technology from any web page.
Search Site: Search only the pages of the site you're visiting.
PageRank: See Google's ranking of the current page.
Page Info: Access more information about a page including similar pages, pages that link back to that page, as well as a cached snapshot.
Highlight: Highlight your search terms as they appear on the page; each word in its own color.
Word Find: Find your search terms wherever they appear on the page

New features are regularly added

NOTE: Google collects information through the toolbar when PageRank is enabled, but not if you've selected "Install Without Advanced Features."

You can download it for Internet Explorer or FireFox at - If you are upgrading, uninstall the old version first.
  • GGSearch - an alternative tool for Google power searchers

 More Search Engine Toolbars 


  • - apart from being able to search the new and powerful Ask search engine, features include a dictionary look-up, and a highlight button that will highlight your search terms in six different colors as they appear on the page.
  • Yahoo Companion - like the other toolbars, plus it gives you quick access to your Yahoo email and My Yahoo customized page.
  • MSN Toolbar - aclone of Google, only useful if you need quick access to MSN sites like Hotmail
  • Clusty - clustered meta-search results, plus pop-up blocker and other features
  • Groowe ToolBar - searches all the top engines. It's similar to UltraBar, but with lots of link buttons for each search site, and menus for directories. Give it a go and see how it compares to UltraBar and Google.

 More Useful Tools 

  • FirstStop WebSearch - desktop, uses every engine except Google. Free evaluation version
  • AgentLand - have links to many more search tools
  • - the premier site for these thingies
  • Trellian Toolbar - has lots of extras for users of their SEO and web authoring software
  • Gophoria - highlight any word or words on a web page, then click to do a Google search, or to get dictionary or thesaurus definitions. SearchGoogle.service does the same for Macs
  • Bookmarklets - a collection of javascript bookmarks that will search for a highlighted word on the page
  • Rocket Info - find current news, blogs, rss feeds, books, market research, white papers and company information. Free 30 day trial

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