Use Foobar to Combine Firefox Address and Search Boxes

Google Chrome has become one of the most widely used web browsers within a short span of time. One of its many user-friendly features is that the address box also doubles as a search box. For those of us who unfailingly type in a search command into the address bar of a browser by mistake, this feature is nothing short of a life-saver!   However, all the Firefox loyalists out there needn’t feel left out. With Foobar safely installed, you can now have the benefit of integrating Firefox’s address and search boxes, combining them into one functional box!

Once you install this add-on, every time you type in anything other than a valid URL, (an address having HTTP, FTP or ABOUT), your address bar functions like a search box and you are also given a list of possible choices to select from. Typing in a recognized address, on the other hand, takes you directly to that page. Very handy, right?

Moreover, when using the address box for searches, you also get to choose the search engine to be used. The featured search engines include Google, Yahoo, Amazon and Wikipedia among others. Thus, you experience great flexibility along with dual functionality!

Foobar has the capacity to easily become one of those extensions that you grow so used to that you take them for granted. It is simple, yet rather appealing in its effectiveness. I would highly recommend it to all Firefox users!

How to Add a Right Click Search Menu to Internet Explorer

ie8-icon There is definitely something missing in Internet Explorer 7. When I’m using Firefox, Opera, and Chrome, I have gotten used to highlighting a word or phrase, then right clicking and choosing a search engine to look it up. I noticed that it was missing in IE7 the other day, and I immediately set forth on a quest to fix this fault.

It didn’t take long to find the answer. Once again, an old acquaintance, Ramesh Srinivasan, had a solution handy at his WinHelpOnline website. The right-click-search (or context menu search) is fairly easy to add. Just follow my instructions below. (This should work in IE6 and IE7, but may not work IE8.)

  1. Download from WinHelpOnline.
  2. Right click on the zip file and Extract Allthe files to a folder. (the Windows Desktop is a good spot)
  3. Open the folder and copy google.htm to the C:\Windows\Web folder.
  4. Double click on the google.reg file and click Yesto add this information into the registry.
  5. The next time you open up Internet Explorer, you’ll now be able to right click on a highlighted word and search for it.
  6. An undo.regis included in the zip file, and you can run it if you want to remove the google search from your menu.


Wait! I’m not done with you yet. I can tell you how to add other search engines to the right click menu. I modified Ramesh’s code and created more search context actions. Thanks to Ramesh for permission to re-use his code.

Here are searches for:

To install these, just use the same instructions (2 through 6) above. Substitute the name of the site you are installing for google.

Note: IE8 already has a similar feature called accelerators. At this time, I don’t know how to write those.

Do you need any other websites added to this list? Let me know, when I have time I’ll add more.

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.


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 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.

Google Says Search is Tough, Regulators Should Keep Out Of It

In a very well written post, a Google employee, or Googler if you would like to call them that, Amit Singhal, wrote a pretty strong worded post against regulators butting in on regulating how search engines rank results for queries.

The opening statement in itself blew me away, and made me understand what and how people who want to regulate search have gotten it wrong, take a look at it yourself.

Pop quiz. Get ready. You’re only going to have a few milliseconds to answer this question, so look sharp. Here goes: "know the way to San Jose?" Now display the answer on a screen that’s about 14 inches wide and 12 inches tall. Find the answer from among billions and billions of documents. Wait a second – is this for directions or are we talking about the song? Too late. Just find the answer and display it. Now on to the next question. Because you’ll have to answer hundreds of millions each day to do well at this test. And in case you find yourself getting too good at it, don’t worry: at least 20% of those questions you get every day you’ll have never seen before. Sound hard? Welcome to the wild world of search at Google. More specifically, welcome to the world of ranking.

Now, this in itself does not say that how search engine rank results, but it definitely says that when you want to get a needle out of a haystack, you need to look into the right places, or you would never find the needle. Also another interesting thing this throws up is that the needle in the haystack may get throw out with the hay itself if search regulators decide to regulate how search engines work and then put the onus on us normal human beings without an algorithm to figure out and search carefully.

To be frank, I have been a a Google search user from the time since I have started using Internet, 90% of the time I have found solutions for my problems within the first three or four pages of the search results. For the other 10%, I have had to tweak my searches quite a bit, but I did get to a solution nevertheless.

Now imagine with search engine regulators I would have to reverse the scenario, that is 90% of the times I would have to tweak my search queries and refine them till I find the correct results. I certainly do not want that for any search engines including Google and Bing, keep the search regulators out, be it EU or anyone else.

You can read the rest of the insightful post at the Official Google Privacy Policy Blog.

Sponsored Images Show Up in Google Image Search

I rely on Google Image Search to search for images which I can use in several projects. Until recently, I have been used to seeing text based ads in Google Image Search, however, while searching for an image today, I came across a new "Sponsored Image" result within the search items.

Sponsored Image in Google Image Search

I am not sure about when this started, but a TechCrunch report dated back to 2008 had talked about this, however, there was little or no discussion about it in any other than that. Again, I have been extensively using Google Image search for a while now and haven’t come across this earlier.

Google Image search is a very popular service after regular Google search and there have been text ads earlier, but never image ads. So is Google finally implementing the Sponsored images into image search?

For those curious about where the sponsored image result appeared can click on this link. Have you seen such sponsored images in your image search results before? What terms did you search for to see this? Let me know through your comments. Indian Real Estate Search Aggregator is a Indian startup and vertical search engine for Real estate properties in India. You can search for properties listed on several Indian real estate websites from a single interface at Boomi.


Finding an apartment for rent or sale can be a real nightmare, specially when agents are hell bent on squeezing money out of you for providing sub-par services. However, the online Indian real estate market has not taken off yet, however, there are a large number of players now who offer online listings for apartments and rents. offers a vertical search engine that shows you listings of Indian properties from several different websites in a single place making it easier to search and find apartments.


In addition to general search, Boomi also allows users to narrow down search results based on price, regions, locality, property type and whether a property is listed by a broker, owner or builder. The interface is simple and straightforward and does not push ads on your face. Users can also save properties to their personal accounts once they register.

So if you are looking to buy or rent a property in India, head over to to make your life simpler.

QuickSearch Is A Multi-Search Engine Extension For Google Chrome

Firefox users are blessed with some really awesome add-ons, while extensions for Google Chrome browser are still in the developing phase. Chrome extension developers are working hard and some great extensions are on the way.

Performing search using only the default search engine does not give satisfactory results every time, and to get more refined results we have to use many search engines for different kinds of content and websites. In Firefox, there are several utilities for this purpose! In Google Chrome browser, a new extension named QuickSearch brings the ability to perform searches on different sites quickly.

QuickSearch Extension For Google Chrome


Features of QuickSearch are:

  • It’s button sits on the toolbar which loads a search box on clicking.
  • You can select any search engine / site by clicking its icon.
  • Many popular search engines and sites are provided by default.
  • Users can modify any available search engine to customize results according to their need.
  • You can also add new search engines and services easily.
  • Result pages are loaded into a new tab.

Though Chrome supports keyword based multi-search engine capabilities (Options > Basics > Default search> Manage) which enable users to search on different sites right from the omnibar, still, I would prefer this simple extension.

Install QuickSearch (Google Chrome extension)

Microsoft Bing Sued by Bing LLC

Looks like Microsoft’s woes are growing by the day, after a near-successful launch of Bing, which gained over 10% of the market share in a short time, it has now been quietly sued by Bing! Information Design LLC, which is a small design company based in St Louis, Mo, USA.


Bing LLC has been running since 2000, and has a pending trademark application filed. On the other hand, Microsoft came out with Bing, the decision search engine, in May 2009, and has heavily advertised it on television and web mediums. According to a Microsoft Spokesperson:

We believe this suit to be without merit and we do not believe there is any confusion in the marketplace with regard to the complainant’s offerings and Microsoft’s Bing.

However, this is a long shot for Bing LLC to get any reprieve from court, since companies in different verticals are allowed to have the same trademarks, as long as they are not competing with each other in one way or the other. So all aside, this might be a dampener and nothing much will come out of it.

Me wonders, why Bing LLC did not book in the first place? That would certainly have meant that Microsoft would have used a different name. If this case does go through and Bing LLC wins, what do you think would be the appropriate name for the search engine, Moogle? Ming? Microing? :-). Let me know through your comments.

Google Does Not Display More Than 1000 Results [DYK]

Google is most used search engine one could come across. The first thing I do, when I want to search something, is to head to Google. However, that Google only displays a maximum of 1000 results per query?


If you try to go beyond 1000 results, Google will display an error to you, as displayed in the screenshot above.

To try this yourself, go to and search for any keyword. Once you are shown some results with more than 1000 entries, add &start=1010 to the URL. Once you do that, you will see the above error.

There is no real explanation as to why Google restricts the results to just 1000. However, I pretty much believe that, Google has considered those limits based on how much results a user tries to browse. In my experience, I have not browsed more than 20 pages or 200 results for a single search query. What about you? What is the max number of results you have browsed in Google search results for any given query?

Google Already Indexing Twitter?

A few days back Google announced a search deal with Twitter and so did , however, unlike Bing, Google was still to come up with the actual integration.


To my surprise, since the day Google announced their deal with , I have been seeing some web alerts for twitter tweets.


Apparently two of my tweets were indexed by Google, you can view the tweets here and here. So has Google already begun to index twitter tweets? Many might argue that Google already indexes twitter tweets, however those tweets are usually available when you run a site search for twitter, the above search results are appearing in Google web search results.

Though this may not be the final integration, looks like Google had already begun working on integrating twitter into web search results, and the deal signing was just a formality. We will keep you updated whenever we come across more news on this topic.