How to Create Your Own Site Searches in Internet Explorer

internet-explorer-iconDo you have favorite websites that you need to search? You might already know that you can search specific websites by using the pull down menu on the built-in search box in Internet Explorer. You can see a list of sites, such as Bing, Google or Yahoo; these are called Search Providers.

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You can add Search Providers in Internet Explorer very easily, but what if the site you want isn’t included in Microsoft’s list of providers? Here are a few of the providers listed by Microsoft:

Bing SearchNew York Times Instant SearchWikipedia Visual SearchAmazon Search SuggestionseBay.com Visual SearchGoogle Search SuggestionsYahoo! Search SuggestionsESPN SearchRealtime Web Search (by OneRiot)Sports Buzz from Buzztap

Creating your own Search Providers is an easy trick to learn. It might save you several minutes every day if you have to perform lots of web searches. I’m only going to show instructions for Internet Explorer 7 and 8. If you have Internet Explorer 6, you should upgrade to a newer version. IE6 is getting too old, slow and insecure (like me). Unlike me, however, IE6 is not getting any wiser.

Let’s start with a good example. let’s say that you are in love with the Techie Buzz site and you need to search it every day. Follow the steps below to add your own “Techie Buzz Search” to Internet Explorer.

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to Techie-Buzz.

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  • http://dtechwiz.blogspot.com Karthik Prabhu

    I really didn't like the new Internet Explorer.. It has a lot of problems.. It is really slow.. And hangs when you open multiple tabs.. Really has a lot of tabs..! So I stopped using IE and have switched to Mozilla Firefox which is alot better.. Firefox is just the best browser I have ever used.. I have written a post on Internet Explorer being too slow..! Check it out here: http://dtechwiz.blogspot.com/2010/02/microsofts-i

    • http://clif-notes.blogspot.com Clif Sipe

      Thanks for the comment Karthik – you have a nice blog.

  • http://www.gizmocrazed.com/ liaqat

    lol I didn’t know this is possible as well :D
    by the way, can i do this in chrome or firefox? or internet explorer is a must for this?