Search Box Shortcuts Exist!

Dugie clued me up on the .lnk technique, which looks pretty cool, but I wondered if there was an easy, shortcutty way to use the search box in IE7 (now I’ve got my provider ducks in a line)…

Looks like it’s in the help! (slightly consolidated)

To do this

Press this

Go to the Toolbar Search box


Open your search query in a new tab


Open the search provider menu


Select the text in the Address bar



Why not stick with .URLs or .LNKs? I love it, but it’s a customization I’d have to recreate on every computer I ever used. And I tend to use a lot of computers!

Some things – like putting Notepad in the Send To menu – are definitely worth spending the time on. But every customization has a cost, and sometimes it’s cheaper to invest the five minutes in learning a new shortcut. (Er, and then the twenty-seven minutes in blogging it).

Comments (2)

  1. Andrew Dugdell says:

    Touché old bean!  I’ve learnt some more coolness today.

  2. Jeff Atwood says:

    Yeah, the IE7 shortcuts map pretty well to the Firefox shortcuts, too: