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How to search directly from Address bar (Internet Explorer)

19.Sep.2009 | by Gusac | Filed in: Articles, Tutorials

There is a nice hack available for Internet explorer that let's you search anything right from the address bar. No, I'm not talking about new Search feature in Internet explorer 7!
But it enables you search anything on any website you want to. All you have to do is make registry changes to point IE towards that site.

For example, if you want to search any Microsoft support KB Article, just type in the Article number and it will take you to the article page. All we need is a registry hack!
Similarily if you want to search on Google or any other website you want.

Make sure we take registry backup before making any changes. Here are the steps:

    • Start > Run > Regedit

 

    • Navigate to HKEY_Local_MachineHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchUrl

 

    • Create a subkey KB
      Note:You can give any name to the subkey. It is your shortcut that you will specify in address bar while searching. You can give any name for any site you like. I m using KB for Microsoft support site.

 

    • On the right pane, Double click (or Right click > Modify) the Default String value (Reg_SZ)

 

    • Type: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=%s

 

    • Now go to IE and in address bar, type: kb 247533 . Ofcourse, replace the article number as required.

 


Similarily you can create another subkey for, let's say, Google search. I give it a name G and in Default string value type:
http://www.google.co.in/search?q=%s

Now everytime you want to google, type g <search> . It should take you to the result page directly!