I’ve never been a big fan of the search box located in almost all of the browsers these days, and I’m not quite sure why. Maybe it is because I can setup keyword searches that turn the address bar into its own search box? Personally I always remove the search box when possible just to regain some more space.
If you’re not like me then you’ll likely enjoy this tip. Normally to switch between the different search engines you’ll have to hit the drop down arrow with your mouse and select the one you want from the list. Many browsers actually have keyboard shortcuts that make changing search engines a little faster, and in the end it can save you oodles of time. Here are the shortcuts for Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera:
- Control+Up/Down Arrows: The icon for the search engine will change according to which one you currently have selected, but you won’t see a list of search engines.
- Alt+Up/Down Arrows: A drop down list of the different search engines is displayed.
- Internet Explorer
- Control+Up/Down Arrows: A drop down list of the different search engines is displayed.
- Up/Down Arrows: A drop down list of the different search engines is displayed.
Now you can shuffle through the different search engines like there is no tomorrow!