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Search Wikipedia in Google Chrome the Easy Way

Do you need a quick and easy way to access Wikipedia while browsing throughout the day? If so then you will want to take a look at the Wiki Lookup extension for Google Chrome.

Installation & Setup

While adding the extension to Chrome you will need to confirm the installation. Click on “Install” to finish the process.


As soon as you have finished installing the extension you will see your new “Wiki Lookup Toolbar Button” and a brief extension management message.


You can access the options by right clicking on the “Toolbar Button”, using the “Chrome Extensions Page”, or clicking on the “Options Button” in the drop-down window.


A close look at the “pre-search” drop-down window and the two “Command Buttons”.


Choose the language that you would like to have Wikipedia display in (or use “Auto Detect” if preferred) in the options.


Wiki Lookup in Action

For our example we decided to search for “Flash Cookies”. Highlight and copy/paste (or type) the term that you would like to search for in the drop-down window text field. You can hit “Enter” or click on the “Magnifying Glass Icon” to start your search.


Multiple possibilities were displayed for our search term allowing us to choose the most appropriate entry. The “Local Shared Object” listing was just what we were looking for. Click on the “link” of the entry you choose to view more information.


We really found a nice offering of information on “Local Shared Objects”…notice that we can further narrow the search. Very nice…

Note: The “extra features” mentioned in the tip window will open the Wikipedia homepage or display a random Wikipedia page.


If your search will take a bit longer and you would prefer to have more space to work with then you can transfer your search to a new tab. Just click on the “Open in new tab Button” and your drop-down window listings will open in a focused tab.

Note: You will need to conduct the initial search before transferring to a new tab.


Here is our initial list of results open in a new tab ready to choose from.


And our chosen entry. Being able to perform searches using either the drop-down window and/or new tabs make this a versatile extension.


And just for fun we did a search on “Firefox”.



If you access Wikipedia throughout the day while browsing then the Wiki Lookup extension will make a very nice addition to your browser.


Download the Wiki Lookup 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 02/2/10

Comments (4)

  1. damiththa

    that’s very nifty I must say.
    Something else that I would like to share is, in chrome if you open a new tab and type wiki(given that you have been to wikipedia at least one time in chrome), you’ll see wikipedia URL then when you hit tab, enter what you are looking up in wikipedia. Search results open in the same tab, very easy and fast.

    Actually, this same method works in many other websites, another great place this come in handy would be

  2. Insomnic

    To second Damiththa – I prefer setting the “wiki” as my search term for the omnibar (Options->Manage Search Engines). This way I can just type “wiki” and then Tab and type my search term (just hit space in the 5+ dev builds).
    Chrome automatically detecting searches you’ve done in the past is nice. They all show up in the “manage” section of the search options so you can set your won keyword for the searches. Very useful.

  3. Eric

    I have to agree with the above posters. That is how I search wikipedia, and it is really how I search just about any website I have been to previously…I’ve used it with all Google pages (Maps, etc.),, Facebook,,, Isohunt, and many other pages that predominantly feature search bars.

  4. hhaler

    2damiththa: or you can just open new tab and type ‘wiki [anything]’…it’ll be first link

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