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 goo.gl 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 goo.gl URL shortening power to your browser.

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

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

The goo.gl 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 goo.gl 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 goo.gl shortener extension (Google Chrome Extensions)

Akemi Iwaya
Akemi Iwaya has been part of the How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media team since 2009. She has previously written under the pen name "Asian Angel" and was a Lifehacker intern before joining How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media. She has been quoted as an authoritative source by ZDNet Worldwide.
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