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Mitch Wagner
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The Two Most Useful Search Tricks I Know

I use these all day and every day. One of these tricks allows you to do a search quickly in Firefox. The other trick allows you to narrow searches down to a particular site.

I use these all day and every day. One of these tricks allows you to do a search quickly in Firefox. The other trick allows you to narrow searches down to a particular site.

Fast searching: Lifehacker has the lowdown. In Firefox, move your cursor up to the address bar. That's Ctrl-D in Windows, CMD-L in the Mac. Type "dict," followed by any word, and the enter key. You'll get back a page of dictionary definitions.

To create your own keyword searches, go to any page with a search box -- like, say, Google. Right-click in the search box, and select "Add a keyword for this search." Enter your keyword of choice, then click "Enter."

I have keyword searching set up so that the "I" key searches on InformationWeek, "G" runs a Google search, the "W" key searches Wikipedia, and (because I like to have some fun now and then) "IMDB" searches the Internet Movie Database.

For example, if I type "i microsoft" in the address bar of Firefox, I get a page of Microsoft stories from InformationWeek search.

This works in the Mac's Safari browser if you download and install the Sogudi Safari plug-in. You set it up completely differently from the way you do in Firefox, but when you're done you can do keyword searches from the address bar, same as you do in Firefox.

Search on one site. Use the "site:" argument in Google. I use that to search back articles on InformationWeek all the time, in conjunction with our internal search. "g microsoft site:informationweek.com" returns a page of Microsoft links to pages on InformationWeek.com..

And, just prior to writing this article, I refreshed my memory on how to set up keyword searches by searching on "keyword searches site:lifehacker.com".

I know these tips are pretty basic stuff and maybe they're well known to most of our readers -- but anybody who didn't know before reading this post just had their mind blown and lives irrevocably improved.

Now you blow my mind: What are the most useful search tricks you know?

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