Google has just launched a new Toolbar for Internet Explorer with several new and multiple improved features. Given the large portion of our readers who use alternative browsers like Firefox, this new toolbar really won’t be beneficial to you. But, it will give you an idea of what’s to come when they release a new Firefox version. Unlike the “regular” version of this Toolbar, the new Toolbar 5 doesn’t automatically install the Google Updater because it’s in beta which is nice. That’s always been a pet-peeve of mine. If you’d like to take the new toolbar for a test-drive, you can download it here. Before you do that, let’s take a look at what’s new so you know what to expect.

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  1. Google Gadgets support — add gadgets to your toolbar
    Install different buttons for different services like Google Blog Search, Orkut, Gmail, YouTube, etc.  When you click on the buttons, the gadget pops-down for quick and easy access.
  2. Take your Toolbar with you — access toolbar settings, bookmarks and custom buttons from any computer by saving your settings online.
  3. Google Notebook integration — easily clip content from around the web and then access it right from the Toolbar
  4. Navigation error suggestions — make a mistake while entering a URL? Google will show you suggestions in the toolbar
  5. Auto-fill feature – all of those web forms will be easier with an improved AutoFill

Another big change I noticed was that the “Toolbar Options” interface has been completely redesigned and looks quite a bit better.  They tab the different category options to the left so that it’s easier to navigate as shown below.

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To learn more about the Toolbar, Google Toolbar product managers put together a video which helps explain what’s new:

Image Source: Google Operating System