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View Wikipedia in a Popup Browser

SUMMARY: Keep Wikipedia a click away with the Wikipedia Companion mini browser for Google Chrome.

Do you frequently access Wikipedia when looking for more information about a subject while browsing the web in Google Chrome? Tired of having to open the site in a new tab, perform the search, then jump back to the previous page you were browsing?

With Wikipedia Companion you can add a Wikipedia button to the right of the Google Chrome address bar. Click it and a pop-up Wikipedia browser appears where you can perform a search on top of the web page you are currently viewing. Plus, if you are bilingual you can configure the browser to perform one-click switching between editions of Wikipedia in a different language.

Displaying information about Vancouver, Canada via the Wikipedia Companion extension for Google Chrome

To install this extension:

1. From Google Chrome, visit the Wikipedia Companion page.

2. Click the "Install" button.

3. Click "Install" in the "Confirm Installation" dialog box when prompted.

Confirming installing the "Wikipedia Companion" extension in Google Chrome

After installing the extension, click the Wikipedia icon to open the browser. Clicking the "Options" link lets you change the primary and secondary language, and whether or not to show the featured article upon startup. If you need more room to view a particular article, click the "Open in Tab" link to view the page normally.

Most extensions were written by third-parties, thus it is your decision to trust third-party authors before installing extensions. This tip was written regarding Google Chrome v4.0.249.78 on a Windows XP machine and Wikipedia Companion v1.3.1. Features, information, and screenshots are subject to change between versions and operating systems.

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