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Drag and drop text to search in Firefox Web Browsers
This may be an obvious one, but I haven't seen it documented elsewhere, nor in my search of this site. Anyway, drag and drop any chunk of text (from any program) to the search field in Firefox, and Firefox will search for that phrase using whatever search engine it has been set to.

For example, if you are typing a report on Napoleon in Microsoft Word, you can check the Wikipedia entry (assuming you have the Wikipedia search engine installed, and it's set as the Firefox default) by simply dragging the text "Napoleon" to the search field in any open Firefox window.

[robg adds: This also works in Camino, but not Safari or OmniWeb (nor probably any of the other WebKit-based browsers).]
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Drag and drop text to search in Firefox
Authored by: ScottM on Apr 25, '07 07:59:50AM

It's true that you can't drag & drop phrases to Safari's search box, but even better, you can drag text to the Safari icon in the dock, and it'll return the Google results in a new Safari window. It's great because you don't need to have a Safari window open & accessible to make this work.



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Drag and drop text to search in Firefox
Authored by: NB on Apr 25, '07 08:13:29AM

Also, on virtually any selectable text in the system (it might be limited to cocoa apps), you can right-click and "search in google". or spotlight, or dictionary.



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Drag and drop text to search in Firefox
Authored by: jvoskuil on Apr 25, '07 03:12:10PM

Here's the missing link in this hint, for all of us dummies who have no idea where "the AppleScript menu" is and have to do a Google search to find out: 1. Open AppleScript Utility, located in Applications > AppleScript. 2. Select "Show Script Menu in menu bar." The Script menu (note: not AppleScript menu) now appears at the right side of your menu bar.



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