OmniSearch Chrome Extension: 2 New Ways to Search Your Favorite Sites
My latest mini-side project is a Chrome Extension that adds two additional methods to search: one via the search bar and one in the right click menu.
Enhanced Search Bar (Feature 1 of 2)
This targets those who prefer keyboard shortcuts and minimize mouse usage.
Pro Tip: the keyboard shortcut to go to the search bar is Ctrl + L (Windows) or Command + L (Mac)
In the search bar, simply type two periods (“..”) and then hit space.
Enter what you want to search. Then use your arrow keys (or the mouse) to select where you want to search.
Enhanced Right Click (Feature 2 of 2)
After you highlight a word or phrase on a website, right click with your mouse. There will be a new option for “Search [your highlighted text] on …”. Hovering over that, you’ll be able to select where to perform the search.
In the Options screen, you can specify if the results appear in the current tab, a new tab, a new window, or an incognito window.
Which Services appear?
When you first install the extension, or visit the Options screen after, you can specify which services you want from the those below:
Chrome seems to limit the number of items that appear in the search bar. I think there is a hidden setting to adjust the count, but I’m not sure if Chrome defaults to a specific value or if it’s dependent upon your screen size. There’s no limit in the Right Click menu.
How Do I Get This?
Available for free in the Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/omni-search/khlgelgpghbdfngahnnnjbognacdjhga