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Chrome’s Search Engines

June 10, 2013 Leave a comment

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:

  1. Click on the ‘Settings’ button. Chrome_Search_Engine_1
  2. Choose ‘Manage Search Engines’ Chrome_Search_Engine_2
  3. Scroll down until you see editable text boxes and give 3 values for your search engine:Chrome_Search_Engine_3

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:
http://ss64.com/bash/.
Every page on this site has the following pattern: http://ss64.com/bash/command.html
All you need to do is define a new search engine like this:

  1. Name: UNIX Man Pages
  2. Alias: man
  3. URL: http://ss64.com/bash/%s.html

That way when you type “man less” – you will see this: Chrome_Search_Engine_4
Pressing enter will lead you to the requested page:
Chrome_Search_Engine_5

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