Run Google Docs in Your Firefox Sidebar

Last week, I wrote about how you can run Google Calendar in your browser sidebar. Now, you can get your Google Docs in the browser sidebar as well.

Sometimes it is more productive to have some of the stuff we access often (like Google Calendar) to be in the sidebar. This will work out the best especially if you have the newer widescreen monitor or a bigger monitor with a high resolution, where real estate won’t be an issue.

Google Docs in a Sidebar

You can get Google Docs run in a sidebar with a Firefox extension called gDocsBar. I love the way this gDocsBar1 Firefox Extension has been implemented. It looks so good and Google couldn’t have done it better.

gDocsBar Quick Facts

  • Easy to install extension and no configuration needed
  • Opens in sidebar with login and password screen
  • Easy tabbed interface to view all documents types or just specific type like document, spreadsheet or presentation.
  • You could also sort the items by title, date or author as well as ascending or descending.
  • The filter box works flawlessly filtering documents as you type and I love it.
  • Or you could search for a document by name, author or even content.
  • You can upload documents to Google Docs directly by dragging and dropping it in the bottom area. It shows completed and failed uploads visually for easy troubleshooting.

I usually don’t feature a single extension alone and talk about them in the weekly Firefox Extension Picks of the Week series. But, this extension definitely warrants this extra attention as I am sure I am not the only one who finds this extremely useful.


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6 Responses to “Run Google Docs in Your Firefox Sidebar”

  1. Troy January 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    I found a little firefox trick I think you might be interested in:

    It allows you to wrap the bookmarks toolbar to have multiple rows. I discovered it last night when I finally ran out of space for live bookmarks, and already I really like it. First, you have to download something called Stylish, but the whole installation of both is less than a minute. Then I installed a minimalist theme to make it take up less space, there’s a good roundup of them here:

    Just something to consider for your next post 🙂

  2. Garry Conn January 31, 2008 at 8:53 am #

    Hey man… I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday… You have officially entered into the beginning of old age. LOL!!!

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  3. Tish January 31, 2008 at 12:03 pm #

    Happy birthday! 🙂

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  4. K January 31, 2008 at 2:04 pm #

    Troy, I love the Stylish extension and use it for Google Reader to get OS X look. It is a very powerful extension that lets you modify CSS for any website you go to as you found out for the browser chrome as well. I havent talked much about it here, have I? Thanks for the tip.. I have made a draft to write about it sometime soon! 😀

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  5. K January 31, 2008 at 2:05 pm #

    Garry, thanks for stopping by and wishing me! I though official old age didn’t start until 32. But, you had to make sure I knew that’s not true, right? 😆 No really, thanks buddy!

    Tish, thank you, thank you! For the wishes and ShanKri-la review at Blogging Gal!

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  6. Zath@Technology Blog June 20, 2008 at 4:40 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting development for using Google Docs, altho I’ve never actually tried using it. Is Google Docs worth trying out?

    I don’t tend to use online apps like this that much, but when I have done in the past, I’ve used Zoho – how do they compare?

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