How to add results from popular sites to Google searches

Google is a great resource for finding info, but it's not the only one. Sidebar is a Chrome extension that lets you add results from Wikipedia, YouTube, and other popular sites to every Google search. Here's how to use it.

We often use Google as our default search tool, even when we really want a page from Wikipedia or a video from YouTube. This usually gets us what we want, but there's a handy way to guarantee success: Sidebar is a Chrome extension that lets you add results from several popular sites to the side of your Google results. Here's how to use it:

  1. Install Sidebar from here.
  2. Click the wrench icon in the upper right corner of Chrome, and select Tools, then Extensions.
  3. Scroll down until you find "Sidebar for Google Search," then select Options.
  4. Under Size, you can change the width of the sidebar. Under Services, you can choose which of five sites to show results from and shift the order you see them in on the results page. You can also set the maximum number of YouTube results shown.
    Step 4: Set Sidebar options.
    Step 4: Set Sidebar options.

The next time you search Google, you should see a new sidebar on the right with definitions, pictures, and more.

New sidebar results
New sidebar results

That's it! If there's a site you would like to see added, the developer is open to feedback. Note that Sidebar is currently experiencing some problems interacting with Google's own "People and Places" results, so you may encounter problems with some results. Hopefully, this will soon be fixed.

(Source: Addictive Tips)

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    Rob Lightner is a tech and gaming writer based in Seattle. He has reviewed games, gadgets, and technical manuals, written copy for space travel gear, and composed horoscopes for cats.


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