I find I’m increasingly Googling to bring up the English WikiPedia homepage and searching for a term in its growing database, often to link to blog posts when I want to connect readers and myself to more information about a topic. I know I could save that address as a bookmark or favorite, but Google is so fast and so accessible in the upper right corner of my browser (Safari and sometimes FireFox) that I tend to Google many frequently visited websites instead of saving them in my browser.

I have this capability was available for some time, but tonight I actually downloaded the free WikiPedia widget for Macintosh OS X. To access WikiPedia via this the widget now, I just press the F12 key and then type my search term in the query box. After hitting return, the WikiPedia definition and entry is displayed. To actually visit that WikiPedia entry in my default web browser, I just click on the WikiPedia name at the top of the Widget window.

Windows-users don’t fret, you are not without free options if you also want to have WikiPedia searches at your fingertips. After downloading free Google Desktop software, download the free Wikipedia Gadget for Google Desktop and install it to your PC. Voila! WikiPedia searches are now at your fingertips as well. 🙂

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3 Responses to WikiPedia at your fingertips

  1. Pratheep says:

    Hi, thank you very much 🙂

    I will add this download link to my fav list and later i will use it.

    thanks again!

    Pratheep

  2. Dan Stucke says:

    When using Firefox you can also use the Googlepedia add-on, this automatically adds a pane on the right of any Google search result with the related Wikipedia article in it.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2517/

    Regards,

    Dan

  3. Wesley Fryer says:

    That’s a slick extension, I like it. Thanks Dan.

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