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September 10, 2010

Chrome Extension for Google Scribe

Google developed a Chrome extension for Google Scribe, the text completion service launched earlier this week. By default, Google Scribe is disabled, but you can enable it by pressing Ctrl+J. You can also press Ctrl+Shift+J to switch to the on-demand mode that shows suggestions only when you press Tab. If you find Google Scribe useful or you use the on-demand mode, there's an option to automatically activate the service for any text field.

The extension doesn't work well in Gmail if you use the editor's plain text mode or Scribe's on-demand mode. Another Google service that's not compatible with Scribe is Google Docs, which uses a custom text editor.

For other browsers, you can add the bookmarklet from this page. The main difference is that you have to enable Scribe by clicking on the bookmarklet.

On an unrelated note, the screenshot above shows some new Gmail features that are tested internally at Google: inserting Google Docs files, photos and maps.

{ Thanks, alexandrojv. }


  1. This extension does not work in Google Chrome Ctrl +J will activate Google Scribe feature but Ctrl +J is built-in shortcut in Chrome for downloads page.
    Downloads shortcut can not be changed therefore Scirbe team needs to provide an alternate shortcut to activate Google Scribe after installing extension.

    Google Scribe boookmarklet is working fine with Ctrl +J in Chrome.
    What do you say?

  2. The browser's shortcut shouldn't conflict with the shortcut used by a web page, but it sometimes does.

  3. nice but ctrl+j openes downloads tab on windows

  4. manage extension and choose "option"

  5. The extension version of Google Scribe sounds like it might be better than the bookmarklet, specially the on-demand mode, but I'm not sure if I like that it doesn't work in Gmail (using on-demand mode).

    Will have to try it out and see which I like best.

    Regarding the unrelated note: screenshot of internal Gmail features -- I've actually sent a few bug reports about how Gmail needs something like Hotmail's Quick Add (I don't know if it's still called that) that lets you insert images, maps, photos and other things. If Gmail's version of inserted content from the Web is only for those three things, it's still limited compared to Hotmail's version, which also lets you insert videos, movie times and Web links.

  6. Google is the most popular search engine on the internet. There are so many browser whose are released by google. Crome is the latest browser released by google. It is very forward step in net world.

  7. would be great if scribe works in google docs. When will this be implemented?

  8. Has the scribe implementation been added yet?