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There's no need for extensions and get rid of the space-wasting search box entirely
Authored by: Elliot Shank on Jan 18, '06 08:48:58AM

You want multiple search engines?

Set up bookmarks with the following (suggested) keywords and URLs:

y: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%s
aj: http://web.ask.com/web?q=%s
atw: http://www.alltheweb.com/search?q=%s
teo: http://s.teoma.com/search?q=%s
msn: http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=%s
l: http://search.lycos.com/default.asp?query=%s
tech: http://www.technorati.com/cosmos/search.html?url=%s
f: http://www.feedster.com/search.php?q=%s
b: http://www.bloglines.com/search?t=1&q=%s
alt: http://www.altavista.com/web/results?q=%s

So, those are a bunch of basic things... how 'bout these:

Search Amazon, but only in the Tools & Hardware department: http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/?search-alias=tools&keywords=%s

Search Download.com, restricted to things associated with download managers: http://www.download.com/3120-20_4-0.html?tag=srch&qt=%s&tg=dl-2071

To look up a UPS package's progress, without having to navigate through the site and click the stupid checkbox, etc.: http://wwwapps.ups.com/WebTracking/processInputRequest?sort_by=status&tracknums_displayed=1&TypeOfInquiryNumber=T&loc=en_US&InquiryNumber1=%s&track.x=0&track.y=0

(Yes, this is done more easiliy with the UPS/FedEx Tracking Linkify Greasemonkey script, but it's a good example)


The point is that you can access more search engines more quickly, without having to wait for someone to come up with a new search engine plugin. A new search engine can be added with one context menu click and filling in two text boxes. Not only that, but as you can see above, you can customize how those searches work.



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