Google Toolbar 3.0

February 16, 2005

Today, we released a new beta version of the Google Toolbar (available for download at As we continue to develop new technologies to enhance our users’ experiences on the Web, this free browser tool now checks spelling, enables users to turn web page addresses into online map links, and translates English text into 8 other languages.

  • SpellCheck: Whenever users type into a web form (including web-based email, discussion forums, and intranet web applications), SpellCheck instantly reviews and suggests corrections. The AutoFix option enables users to automatically check and correct all the text they’re entering with one click.
  • AutoLink: Whenever users see a U.S. address on a web page, one click on AutoLink automatically links the address to an online map. For example, if users are reading a review of a new restaurant, clicking on AutoLink will turn its address into a link to a map, complete with directions. AutoLink also links package tracking numbers to pages displaying that package’s delivery status and other useful information, such as Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) and Publication ISBN numbers.
  • WordTranslator: This feature translates words from English web pages into one of 8 other languages. Hover the cursor over a word and Google Toolbar’s WordTranslator feature displays the word in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese, or Korean.

This new version of the Google Toolbar is currently available for users in the U.S., and we will soon extend the new features to international markets.