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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.

There Are 8 Comments

  1. About “Find as you type”. There is a solution to have this in Internet Explorer. And in Outlook Express. And in Microsoft Word. OK: in many applications! Just look for [handykeys.com] If you like “Find as you type” from FF, you may want to extend this to other application also. Use HandyFind! It’s a freeare.

  2. Wow! I never knew about “Add a Keyword for this search”! It’s working very nice and it save my time. Thanks for the tip. I use keywords for many links from Bookmarks (“tc” for your site for example), but I never knew that I can use keywords for searches.

  3. I really hope you know that Internet Explorer has this function since 1999 Windows 98.

    I have been using so-you-called keyword searches in address bar since 1999. I did g for google, dict for dictionary.com local for citysearch.com and about 10 others including pricegrabber.com

    I really do blame Microsoft not making its product’s feature more visible.

    To do this in IE, there are two ways: download the 200kb Microsoft Internet Explorer Web Accessories OR download TweakUI.Then read the instruction, it’s dead simple.

    Something that Web Accessories has to offer is equivalent to 5 separate extensions in Firefox.

    Best Wishes,

    Nik

  4. I honestly never knew that. I took a look at the Web Accessories that you mentioned and I only saw a version for Internet Explorer 5. Am I missing something or does that version work with IE6 as well?

    Microsoft should have these kind of features already integrated with the browser because most people that use IE are not going to go out and look for stuff like this to download.

    Nice find though!

  5. Yes it is called Internet Explorer 5 Web Accessories but works seamlessly for 5 years on four operating systems.

  6. “These Web Accessories are for use with Internet Explorer 5 and Internet Explorer 5.5 only.” Quote from [microsoft.com] (Microsoft website).

  7. I’m sure Microsoft just hasn’t updated the site. They probably also don’t want to worry about supporting it anymore so they just ignore the fact that it works. That way if someone emails them to complain about something not working right they can say “that software doesn’t support IE6…”

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