Ever notice how you can type in “youtube” in Chrome and press tab to search directly in the URL bar?
In Chrome this is defined as a “search engine”. You can see these by going to: chrome://settings/searchEngines.
Chrome will set up many search engines for you (youtube, amazon, etc.). But you can also define your own. Do you find yourself often going to a site and immediately using the site’s search?
Searching for a word or phrase
I often search in Confluence (for those unfamiliar, Confluence is sort of a Wikipedia for companies). When I manually search for “
unicorns“, I’ll get this URL:
Notice my search term comes after
/search?text=. This is important. Replacing “unicorn” with
%s will give me my search URL:
- Open Chrome settings and navigate to “Search Engines” (or visit chrome://settings/searchEngines)
- Click “Add”
- Enter a search engine name. This is arbitrary and unimportant.
- Enter a keyword. This is what will trigger the search engine.
- Enter your Search URL from above. Be sure to replace the search term with %s.
To use, go to the URL bar, type your keyword and press tab.
- Jira: Navigate directly to a Jira ticket (e.g., for project with ID “CAL”): https://myproject.atlassian.net/browse/CAL-%s
- GitHub: Navigate directly to a GitHub commit (note the repository is
- GitHub: Search GitHub for a keyword or phrase: https://github.com/search?q=%s&ref=opensearch
- GitHub: Search GitHub for a pull request based on a Jira ticket number (or other words in the PR): https://github.com/calendly/calendly/pulls?&q=is%3Apr+cal-%s
- Navigate to the site you want to add.
- Manually search for a phrase or keyword.
- Copy the “search” URL. For example, when searching Confluence, the URL is https://myproject.atlassian.net/wiki/search?text=MySearchText
- Open Chrome settings – chrome://settings/searchEngines
- Click “Add”
- Enter a name and keyword. The name is arbitrary, and the keyword is what you will use to “trigger” the search, e.g., “youtube”.
- Past the “search” URL you got above. Replace your actual search text with