As you may already know, Google Chrome has an amazing feature that let’s you edit search engines. And search engine means literally any website. What’s the practical application?
Well, if you type something like “great blog” and press enter, by default you’ll be redirected to Google. But you can set up your Chrome to use, let’s say, Yahoo when you type “y great blog” or Bing when you type “b great blog”. Sounds like a great life-hack and a time-saver, doesn’t it? So, instead of going to the other website you just add one letter before the query itself and Chrome uses the other search engine to find what you need.
First, you’ll need to know how to add a new search engine, I won’t go into details as there are a lot of tutorials on web at the moment.
I’m sure you can come up with lost of ideas on how to use this feature yourself, but let me sparkle your imagination a little with my own list of searches. Here is what I use and consider to be the most useful:
3. Flickr – searches the biggest pictures database for what you need
OR URL: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=%s&l=cc&ct=0&mt=all&adv=1
for Creative Commons licensed stuff only
4. Isohunt – movies, audiobooks, software or whatever you need
5. Evernote – searches through all my notes instantly
8. Google Docs
9. Google Reader – to find anything I ever read there
12. Delicious – quick tag look-up in my bookmarks
12. Academic Earth – find great free lectures
14. Whois – check a domain name