Time Saving Tuesday

I don’t even want to know how many searches I do in a days time because it would probably be insane. My Google Search History shows that my average day consists of 100-200 searches but I probably only do 60% of my searching with Google. I do a lot of other searching in forums and on websites.

The primary reason that I do so many searches is that I have a lot of keywords setup to make searching a breeze. Both Firefox and Opera offer this feature and it is super simple to use, but most people never take advantage of it. All you have to do is right-click on any search box and select the appropriate option to make the keyword search:

Keyword Search in Opera and Firefox

After you have selected the option from the menu it will have you enter in the keyword that you want to use for the search. I normally try to use just one letter for the places that I search frequently such as Google, which I use “g” for. That way I can just type in “g cybernet news” into the address bar and it will do a Google search for “cybernet news.”

Opera already has several keyword searches set by default but one thing that I always missed was the ability to type something into the address bar and have it do an “I’m Feeling Lucky” search on Google. Using Opera’s nice built-in search manager that is easy to do. Just open up your options, click on the Search tab, and click Add:

Opera Search Manager

Now all you have to do is type in the keyword that you want for the search and choose the address from one of these (right-click to copy the URL):

If you’re not sure what the difference is between those two searches then you’ll probably find this post to be helpful.

Also, I have had several of my friends say they don’t like Opera because it doesn’t have Firefox’s “Find as you type” feature. Well, that’s not exactly true. In Opera as soon as you type a period it will activate the feature and then you can start typing in the word(s) you want to search for.