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IE7 Search Box: Easier Than Expected

Want to add a new search engine to the search box in either Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 2? Well, it’s easy: Just browse a directory of search engines and cl–

Wait, what? Are you saying IE7 has a real easy, brain-dead way to do it? Well, whaddaya know, they do!

Here’s the deal: Rather than providing 9,219 search engines to browse through (on an ugly and confusing design, to boot), Microsoft links in the browser to a page on Microsoft.com that contains six top search engines and 18 additional topic-specific engines. The reason they don’t need a mammoth directory? Take a look:

Yes, all you need to do is run a search on any search engine in the world, regardless of how specific or strange it is, what language it is, what preferences you’ve enabled, use the word “TEST” in the search, paste it and name it, and click the wonderful “Install” button. Tada! Any search engine, installed with little effort. No directory, no hoping your special site is listed. Just search, paste, name and click. I only wish Opera did this, and wonder why the hell Mozilla never figured this one out.

Seriously, 9,219 search engines. Are they insane?
(via the IE blog)

October 24th, 2006 Posted by | Applications, Firefox, General, Internet Explorer | 4 comments



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4 Comments »

  1. IE7 makes it easier to add custom site search…

    Nathan at InsideMicrosoft compares how smooth Internet Explorer 7 makes adding custom search providers:
    Any search engine, installed with little effort. No directory, no hoping your special site is listed. Just search, paste, name and click. I only wis…

    Trackback by Things That ... Make You Go Hmm | October 24, 2006

  2. Yes, they did well. I used the default Wikipedia thingy to change my search box (I already have the Google Toolbar, even though it gets worse with every version).

    Comment by Tim | October 26, 2006

  3. Opera does this for months. Right-clik on any search box and click on Create search.

    Comment by Jen | October 31, 2006

  4. ok ok ur msn thing its so poo it dnt work need msn wer you can go on msn and paste in ur name box on this it says u can but it cant so thnx and now i av erros on computer! freekin idot

    Comment by francesca | July 28, 2007

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