While this tool is oh-so-helpful in searching for information via Answers.com without interrupting your work, results aren’t always only one click away. 1-Click Answers provides two search options: you can enter a keyword or phrase into the Answerbar, a discreet bar that docks on the side of your desktop, or you can use Alt-Click to pull up a small window for a brief summary.
The great thing about 1-Click Answers is that you can search for information directly from an e-mail, a Microsoft Office program, or browser. Our searches never came up empty, and the information on Answers.com was thorough. The Answerbar worked like a charm, yielding quick results each time we performed a search. The Alt-Click function, however, was a disappointment, often producing a blank window that took a few seconds to load. Also, we found ourselves repeatedly hitting Alt-Click. It does give you the option of changing the hot key combo, but you still have to incorporate a mouse click, which didn’t help the situation.
We ran into a glitch while performing a search in a Word document that caused multiple browser windows to open, but uninstalling and reinstalling the program seemed to fix the problem. Even though sluggish behavior and functionality quirks are minuses for 1-Click Answers, the easy-to-use Answerbar is a winner. By bringing a wealth of information to your desktop, this free tool is a worthwhile download for any user.
WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2.4
1-Click Answers provides instant access to over four million topics from any program, without interrupting your work. Just alt-click on any word or phrase on your screen (e-mail, browser, any Office program) and get instant answers, facts and explanations in a concise AnswerTip information bubble. Click the ‘more’ button and access Answers.com, a completely free online reference library, offering over 180 authoritative encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and other trusted sources. Topics include science, legal, business and health terms as well as bios, maps, news, weather and more. Alternatively, type a topic into the included IE Toolbar or AnswerBar, a convenient pop-out utility docked on the side of your screen.