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If you like searching with Google quickly and your prefered browser is OmniWeb, you will like this hint.

Go to 'Shortcuts' in the OmniWeb preferences and edit the first one (Shortcut = *, Destination URL = Change the Destination URL to:
Now you can type a search term directly in your OmniWeb location bar. OmniWeb will autocomplete it to a valid Google search. If you like to enter more than one serach term at once, use plus (+) to separate them.
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Use tip for multiple search engines
Authored by: Gilchrist on Nov 14, '01 12:09:52AM

Instead of replacing the first shortcut, create a new one with the shortcut name as "google@" and the destination URL as "". Now you can just type in google, a space, and then whatever you want to search for (use "+" to separate multiple word searches). The benefit of doing it this way is you can do other types of searches as well. Name another shortcut "yahoo@" and set the destination URL to "". Now you can search using yahoo as well!

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Use tip for multiple search engines
Authored by: dzurn on Nov 14, '01 02:12:21AM

I'm using OmniWeb 4.05, and I can't get this second Google search technique to work at all. I've tried it every which way and all I get is a URL to "" instead of any search.

It works fine to replace the * shortcut as in the original posting, but then I lose the more-desirable feature of just typing "apple" and expecting to get to

I've tried resetting all shortcuts to the factory default and then trying the edit again, but no avail.

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Only works with OmniWeb 4.1 BETA
Authored by: leejoramo on Nov 15, '01 12:27:49PM
Your suggestion about using:
seems to be part of the current OmniWeb 4.1 BETA, and not the current 4.05 public release. I don't have the BETA, but I saw the following mailing list message at Omni:
Lee Joramo

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Use tip for multiple search engines
Authored by: dennisbest on Feb 06, '02 10:27:02PM

You can actually do something even cooler!

Set up a shortcut "?@" and have it point to

(This is a google advanced search.)

Now type ? followed by a space and what you want to find and it will return 100 results, from the last six months, in English, without porn.

(You configure your own search by going to google>advanced search and creating your own settings. Just search for anything then copy the resulting address from the tool bar. Replace whatever you searched for with %@ and make your shortcut accordingly.)

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shortcuts also work for php manual
Authored by: to0l25 on Nov 15, '01 09:52:51AM
you can use the shortcuts to access the php manual entries direcly.

you only need to create a new shortcut and name it for example phpman@

the destination url should be (for the german part of the manual! for other languages you need to change lang=whatever_your_language_is)

now you can access the manual by typing phpman strlen in the adress field of the browser and it will return

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More direct...
Authored by: sharumpe on Jan 15, '02 11:08:26AM
You can also place the Google search form in OmniWeb's startup page. It is in
I've added the search form and a simple javascript to put the focus on the query field when the page is loaded. Mine looks like this: <html> <head> <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=iso-8859-1"> <title>OmniWeb 4.1</title> <script> <!-- function sf(){;} // --> </script> </head> <body background="aquastripe.gif" bgcolor="white" text="#222288" link="#222288" vlink="#222288" alink="#222288" onload="sf();"> <table height="70%" width="506" align="center"> <tr> <td align=center valign=center><a href=""><img border=0 height=162 width=506 src="omnilogo.tiff" alt="OMNI"></a><br> <a href=""><img border=0 height=44 width=479 src="type.tiff" alt="OmniWeb"></a><br> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align=center valign=center> <!-- Search Google --> <form method="GET" action="" name="google"> <table> <tr> <td> <a href=""> <img src="" border="0" alt="Google" align="absmiddle"></a> <input type="text" name="q" size="25" maxlength="255" value=""> <input type="submit" name="btnG" value="Google Search"> </td> </tr> </table> </form> <!-- Search Google --> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align=center valign=center> <font size=3> <a href="">Apple</a> • <a href="">AltaVista</a> • <a href="">Ask Jeeves</a> • <a href="">Excite</a> • <a href="">Google</a> <br> <a href=""></a> • <a href="">Lycos</a> • <a href="">WebCrawler</a> • <a href="">Yahoo</a> </font> </td> </tr> </table> </body> </html>

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