How-To Geek

Create Shortened URLs in Google Chrome the Easy Way

Have you been eager to try out Google’s new URL shortening service and add it into Chrome? Now you can do both very easily with the shortener extension.


You will be asked to confirm installation of the extension during the install process. All that you need to do is click “Install” to finish adding that URL shortening power to your browser.


Once the extension has finished installing you will see your new “ Toolbar Button” and the post-installation message.


No options to worry with for the extension…just “click and go” goodness.


The shortener Extension in Action

For our example we decided to create a shortened URL for the “Windows 7 Tag Page” at the How-To Geek website. Just click on the “Toolbar Button” and within moments you will see a small drop-down window with your new URL…


Here is a close-up view of our new URL. Notice that there are “Tweet & Copy Links” to help you quickly start using your new shortened URL.

Note: You can also manually select and copy the text link if desired.


Pasting into another app is quick and easy…


Tweeting your new shortened URL works wonderfully too. All that you will have to do is add any additional text that you desire…



If you have been wanting to try out Google’s new URL shortening service, then you are definitely going to have a lot of fun using this extension. It is quick, simple, and very easy to use.


Download the shortener extension (Google Chrome Extensions)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/28/10

Comments (6)

  1. Juri

    The shortener extension is cool, the only problem I have however is the content of the alert you get when installing the extension which says: “This extension will have access to your browsing history and private data…”. After a conversation with the author he confirmed me that this is due to the new keyboard extension functionality in the latest version, but still…it’s a shortener, so this notification may create a bit of confusion.

    Take a look also to ChromeMUSE. Beside other popular shortening providers it also supports Moreover, in my opinion it integrates nicely by placing the shortening button directly in the URL bar rather than on the extension bar which may soon become quite full.

  2. Juri

    Ok, I’ve just seen that the author reacted on this and now provides also a lite version at:

  3. ErrorieFism

    hi everybody

    great forum lots of lovely people just what i need

    hopefully this is just what im looking for looks like i have a lot to read and then a lot to wright

  4. cz-man

    It’s great, but I use opera browser. How can I use in OPERA browser?

    Excuse my bad English…

  5. Asian Angel

    @cz-man – You can create shortened URLs using the bookmarklet shown here:

  6. coffee

    Thank you

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