January 19, 2014

Search Smarter and Faster with Google Quick Scroll




Are you a Googler? Google Search has been very popular among many online users to find relevant information. Neither I can recollect a day spent without using Google Search to find information online. The next most adored feature Google Search had for me was discovering content using images. However, have you ever come across a Google search result, which you couldn't find what you were looking for after landing on a suggested web page?


The Frustration


Oh I did! Didn't you? It could be either the content on that page has been changed most recently or we can't spot the piece of information relevant to our search query on that page.

Well, if the content has been changed lately, you can try accessing the previous version of that web page archived by Google. The purpose of Cached option.



But it's not what used to bother me most of the time. In the process of researching, oftentimes I land on pages where I had no clue where the golden nuggets were hidden. Imagine you are on the right page where you can find the relevant information but yet it costs you more time to find the specific information.

I could use the find bar in my Google Chrome browser to tackle relevant lines while fetching relevant keywords. But sometimes it was time consuming and overwhelming as it costs me more time than I imagined. Yet, that's what I used to do until few weeks back.


Goo...


...gle Quick Scroll to the rescue. Once again, if you couldn't catch the name - Google Quick Scroll. It's really interesting how someone think of a solution that satisfies a specific need which saves a lot of time.

Trust me when I say, you can be a smart and fast searcher with Google Quick Scroll installed. The purpose of this browser extension is very simple - Find the relevant piece of information matches to your search query. I'll have the extension description below as it's simple enough to elaborate what is it all about.

Google Quick Scroll is a browser extension that helps you find what you are searching for faster.

After you click on a Google search result, Quick Scroll may appear on the bottom-right corner of the page, showing one or more bits of text from the page that are relevant to your query. Clicking on the text will take you to that part of the page.

Quick Scroll tries to stay out of your way, and appears only when it is likely to be useful.

Unfortunately, the Google Quick Scroll extension is available for Google Chrome browser only. If you have been a Google Chrome fan, I guess you are almost ready to see it in action. Let me know how useful it to you then. Here we go!


Steps:

1. Install Google Quick Scroll browser extension.

2. Now perform your search using Google Search and click on the search result you prefer to check out.


3. If Google Quick Scroll extension can find relevant parts on the page for your search query, you will find a pop up box on bottom right corner depicting the matches.


Note: If Google Quick Scroll couldn't find relevant matches or sections, you will find no pop up. Then it's best if you try the old-fashioned find bar to make sure you are not missing something.

4. Now, click on a suggested match displayed on the pop up box and the page itself will be scrolled automatically to the relevant part on the page. Even the line is highlighted for the ease of identification too.



Enjoy :-)




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Harleena Singh said...

Hi Mayura,


Interesting indeed :)

I've actually not come across any such problems or perhaps my search is very targeted and what I look for, I've always found with ease. But yes, sometimes when we are looking deeper for something, we do encounter what you mentioned.


I'd still have to take out time and follow the steps you mentioned. I think if we are able to use this quick scroll feature it would make things much easier and faster too. I'd let you know how it goes, once I try it out though.


Thanks for sharing - have a nice weekend :)

Jeevan Jacob John said...

Ah, another awesome extension, huh?


I really wanted to download this, but not sure whether I should (I already have more than 10 extensions, so the extension bar is a little crowded. I did try 'minimizfing' the space and using the drop down menu to manage a lot of the extension, but that wasn't very satisfying).


Another thing this, I am not sure when I might need it ;)


I can see the usefulness - certainly. But, I don't think I will need it soon (maybe I will...who can tell, right? :D).


I will install it anyways - keep it disabled, like I do for many other extensions.


Thank you for the awesome share, Mayura!

Sylviane Nuccio said...

Oh boy, my comment disappeared by the time I logged back into my right twitter account.

So here I go again :)

Like Karen I tend to avoid installing new stuff on my computer, because there's always something new, so I have to be picky about what I really need or not. But this is great information and I'll keep it in mine.

Also something very weird I am experiencing for like over a month now is that when I read a blog using Google Chrome or any Google browsers I do not see the social sharing button on the blogs, so I have to copy the URL and go to either Firefox or Explorer in order to be able to share the post.

Do you know what this mean? It's really weird and don't know why it does that now.

Thank you for sharing some new information Mayura :)

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Karen,


First off, sorry for the latency on replying dear.


Even Google Search is born to help people find relevant information, some publishers have been trying to get attention by using different tricks Karen :)


Your experience is a great example. We can have information hidden in the page, so just search engines can read and crawl, but not visible to human eyes. Such a trick is just to get more traffic on that page, so they get paid for impressions made on ads. How tricky, eh? There's a lot more going on dear.

I get you there Karen :) We don't need a day spent on problems. Hence I always test 'em out myself before sharing. Had no problems so far, but have been really helpful to the date. Well, this extension is for Chrome only though.

You got a Chromebook and yet don't use it? ;) Not something I hear from Chromebook owners Karen. You might wanna give it a try ;)

I think the best way to see if this extension can help you out is, trying it out by yourself dear. Have it installed and search for piece of information on Google Search. You might not like it from the first search, so give it few chances. Then you can let me know how much helpful it has been :)

Thanks for coming by and sharing your experience on web search and this extension Karen :)


You have a wonderful week my friend!

Cheers...

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Harleena,


Sorry for taking some time to respond your comment dear.

That's just wonderful! I especially encounter hard times with search when it comes to forum discussions, Harleena. Plus, you know, sometimes we don't wanna read the whole passage or article, but need to find answer within few lines. So far this extension has been very helpful on pin pointing that sort of stuff. Having this extension installed, it just skip to the line I just need :)

Of course! Try it out and see if this extension can be effective enough on your future searches, Harleena :) I think it really depends on what we are searching for. If this can be helpful, that's it!

Thanks for coming over and sharing your experience and thoughts on web search Harleena :)


You have a fantabulous week dear!


Cheers...

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Jeevan,


LOL :D Like you, I'm very careful not to overwhelm my browser with extensions too mate. They can eat resources too. FYI, this extension doesn't add any buttons on the browser (extension bar) though. Did I just convince you to try it out?

Neither I had any clue how it might come in handy until I try it for few times too mate :) I don't need it all the time, but when the answer is lying in a sentence of few, it has been very generous to show me where I should look at Jeevan. Especially, in forums.

Ha ha... Well, you gotta figure it out yourself there mate ;) Give it a try and see if you can make use of it. Else, you can use the delete button next to it ;)

Thanks for coming over and adding your thoughts on this extension Jeevan :)


You have an awesome week mate!


Cheers...

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Sylviane,

Oops! Sorry about that and thanks for trying again dear. Now I always have a copy of comment before submitting 'em 'cause we can never know if they gonna vanish into thin air before the submission :)

Being picky is a good thing as we don't wanna mess with technical problems all the time Sylviane :) As I've been using so far, it was very helpful to me. Hope you will try and find out too.

Gosh... That's a pain! I think probably you have an extension installed to prevent ads and tracking Sylviane :) Such extensions do that. Go to Extensions page and review your extensions, and configure it properly. If you don't need it, then just remove. Then you will see sharing buttons in action.

Thanks for coming by and sharing your comment Sylviane :)

You have a fabulous week dear!

Cheers...

Chathu Perera said...

Hi Mayura,
This is a good one definitely. Most of us used to Google when we needed to find someone and Google comes to rescue! And I didn't know about this feature until you share with your knowledge with us. :) I did waste my time very much when googling. Specially when my exams is near ;). And frustrated a lot of times when it's difficult to find the content I'm looking for. Thanks for the sharing good stuff as always! And thanks for save our precious time. :) Keep the good work up! Good Luck! :)

Shahzad Saeed said...

Mayura,
I think almost everyone face this problem while searching on Google. Especially while looking for images. One of my friends is using Bing for images search :D


But boy... I am a Firefox user as it is recommended for designers. I think I'll have to wait till it comes at Firefox.

Anyway at instance, it looks like worth trying. Thanks for sharing, though :)

Ebenezer Obasi said...

Hi Mayunra,


Thanks for this great post. I'm glad I found it at the right time. I'm on the verge of writing an article about how Google can improve the studying ability of a student.


This article has provided another tips to add to the list.

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Chathu,


Indeed! Google has been dominating the Search industry and it has always been most preferable service on finding information online :)

You brought up another good scenario where this extension come in handy :) I can recall during my studies too and was time consuming when I wanted to find some specific answers and explanations too.

Well, now you can make use of this and find how helpful it can be in your studies :) Hope it will buy some time for you.


Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comment Chathu :) I appreciate your kind words too.

Cheers...

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Ebenezer,


Awesome! I'm glad I could come up with this post at the right time for you mate :)


Hope you will take a look at this extension and put it into practice to find how helpful it can be for students using Google Search :) I'm sure you will be impressed as I am, hence I'm recommending here.


Thanks for coming over and sharing your comment Ebenezer :)


Cheers...