A good way to increase effectivity when browsing is to use Google Chrome’s “Search Engines” functionality.
This gives you a way to quickly search within sites that have search options, or to navigate to to sites where you know their structure.
How to do it? three steps:
- Click on the ‘Settings’ button.
- Choose ‘Manage Search Engines’
- Scroll down until you see editable text boxes and give 3 values for your search engine:
- The name of the search engine – e.g. “Wikipedia”
- The alias for this search engine – e.g. “wiki”
- The search string for this search engine – e.g. “http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?search=%s&button=&title=Special%3ASearch”
Just place ‘%s’ where the site you use expects the term to search for.
Example from life: Let’s say you work a lot on a Unix/Linux environment and need to
man a lot of commands. You can view these
man pages online with much better detail and examples on this site:
Every page on this site has the following pattern:
All you need to do is define a new search engine like this:
- Name: UNIX Man Pages
- Alias: man
- URL: http://ss64.com/bash/%s.html