Access All Google Services From A Button on Your Browser

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Black Menu browser extension screen shot

This browser add-on for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera provides almost instant access to all Google services.

Black Menu for Google gives you quick access to your favorite Google services with a convenient drop-down menu that lets you use Search, Google+, Translate, and many others without leaving the page you’re on.

Black Menu installs as a button on the toolbar of your browser. Clicking the button produces a drop down menu, letting you search, read Gmail, use Maps, check your Calendar, view what's on Google Drive and most other Google services right from the menu. Some services like Google Photos will open in a new browser tab.

The most used Google services are listed on the default menu: Search, Translate, Maps, YouTube, News, Gmail, Drive, Keep, and Calendar. Other Google services are accessed using Customize. Drag services to the right or click them to add them to the menu. Remove a service by clicking and dragging it to the left. If you add a service and it isn't visible on the menu, scroll down. Services are added to the bottom of the list. You can re-order them by clicking and dragging them up or down.

You can change the theme, enable or disable desktop notifications, and reset all settings to default for any service listed through Settings. You can revoke all permissions, remove the cache and view the privacy policy through the Data & Privacy section of Settings.

Black Menu will ask for permission for certain services so they will function. Accessing Google Calendar prompted a pop-up box that read "Black Menu for Google wants to access your Google Account. This will allow Black Menu for Google to see, edit, share, and permanently delete all the calendars you can access using Google Calendar".

There's a Google link to the risks involved with granting permission, and it's always a good idea to check the privacy policy of anything that wants permissions on a Google account.

The list of Google services you can access through the toolbar button is extensive. Google Account, Bookmarks, AdSense, Alerts, Analytics, Blogger, Books, Cloud Print, Chat, Contacts, Play Store, Docs, Scholar, URL Shortener, Voice, Google Earth are some of the available services.

If you use Google services this add-on is a great tool. It installed with no issues on Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, Waterfox, and Brave browsers.

Black Menu for Google (detects browser and provides links to the appropiate add-on/extension)

Direct links to add-on/extension page:
Black Menu for Firefox
Black Menu for Chrome
Black Menu for Opera


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You have to sacrifice a bit of browser speed with every add on addition so I have become very selective. "I don't care about cookies" was an excellent recommendation by Rhiannon some months ago but I think a quick click to the Google home page makes this one unnecessary.

I'm probably not as selective. I have a few add-ons that are staples, others come and go. At the moment I'm liking add-ons that get rid of overlays.
I consider the large overlays that pop up when you move the mouse and block much of the screen offensive (I don't mind small ones) and it's not always clear how to close it, which makes it more offensive.
Ctrl + W (close window) has become one of my most used keyboard shortcuts since they started proliferating.
If a large overlay pops up, I have to really want to view the page content to get rid of it and stay on the page, otherwise that window gets closed in heartbeat with the keyboard shortcut.   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I also find overlays and elements such as "We notice your using an ad blocker" annoying. I've discovered the STYLEBOT addon is pretty useful for hiding many of these types of distractions and showing only what I want to see on the page.

Looks interesting, thanks!

I use Google as my home page and it has a nine dot button that accesses all the Google services that I use. I can see where this extension might be useful for those that might use a different home page though.

Using Google as home page works great. :)

The browser button sits on the toolbar, so you can access services when you're on any web page. It also allows access to almost all the Google services from one spot - if you use Google services extensively or want to check your Gmail from the toolbar apps menu it's a great tool.

 

I'm not clear on what you mean "mine data from all type of Google sources". Could you be more specific about your concerns and what kind of data you see them mining?
I'm asking because I read the whole Privacy Policy before I wrote up the article and if I missed something I would like to know so I can amend the article.

There's a mention in this article that they do ask for permission for some services. I didn't check all the services because I don't use most of them, so if they are asking for permission to mine personal data or doing something else that violates personal privacy in another service I would very much like to know about it so I can warn people.

The add-on does ask for permissions so it can access some Google services - if it didn't have those permissions it wouldn't be able to function. As far as I can tell, it doesn't collect more data than is needed for the correct functioning of the website and extensions. If I'm in error, I would appreciate knowing about it.

Specifics can be found in the Privacy Policy.
You can find the Privacy Policy here:
https://apps.jeurissen.co/privacy-policy

 

Beware -- the add on in Firefox at least asked for permissson to mine data from all type of Google sources.