Add search shortcuts to Chrome
Using customized search engines in Chrome is really powerful and can speed up you day to way productivity.
The idea is to have sort of a shortcut for URLs where they share a common pattern. This can be useful for:
- Perl distrubutions and documentation on MetaCPAN or search.cpan.org if you use that site
- RT tickets on CPAN bug tracker or your own RT installation
- Jira Issues
- Oracle Error Numbers
All you have to do is edit the Omnibox (URL/address field) in Chrome. Right-click on the box and choose ‘Edit Search Engines’. Under ‘Other search engines’ you can then add your own.
- In the first column you add a label
- In the second a shortcur
- And in the third a URL including a %s, which will be the placeholder where our paremeter (search string) will be placed.
So if we define:
meta pointing to the address:
Now the Omnibox alllows us to write:
meta perl::critic and we are sent to the page holding information on Perl::Critic at MetaCPAN.
Here are some of the shortcuts I use and have used regularly:
Perl Distributions and Documentation
You simply provide the package name of the Perl distribution:
cpan and URL:
pod and URL:
Oracle Error Numbers
For getting information fast on the Oracle error that bites you:
Request Tracker Numbers
For getting fast to the RT you want to read:
rt and URL:
For getting fast to the Jira issue you want to read:
jira and URL:
RFC Standards Documents
For easy access to RFCs:
rfc and URL:
Do note that the keyword should not resemble something you want to Google often, since the Omnibar is magical and acts as a search field which is what this tip uses.