Hack 95: Get 10 Useful Bookmarklets
A bookmarklet is a snippet of
bookmark toolbar. Bookmarklets can enhance web pages, add special functionality, and
make your browsing experience much more efficient by offering one-click access to
The following ten bookmarklets can streamline work in your browser.
Access them at http://lifehacker.com/129141.
- Acronym lookup: LOL, RTFM, YMMV,
AFAIK! If you stumble upon one of those nutty Internet-speak acronyms online,
highlight it, click this bookmarklet, and Acronym Finder automatically looks it
- Translate text: What do you do
when you stumble across a web page that’s definitely saying something you want
to know, except it’s in a language you don’t speak? You translate it, of course.
This bookmarklet runs a web page through Google’s translation service, which
automatically detects the language of the page and translates it to English.
NOTE When it comes to translating
language, machines never do as clear and correct a job as humans, but automated
translations can give you the main idea. Google Chrome already has automatic
translation tools built in, so Chrome users can skip this one.
- Urban Dictionary lookup: Similar
to the acronym lookup, this bookmarklet looks up selected text on a web page in
the Urban Dictionary, the collaboratively edited slang dictionary. Cool
- Wikipedia lookup: Highlight text on any ...