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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


CTRL+E


Open your search query in a new tab


ALT+ENTER


Open the search provider menu


CTRL+DOWN ARROW


Select the text in the Address bar


ALT+D


Yaaay!


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).