How do most of us Mac users search the web? The old fashioned way. We enter a keyword or two into Safari’s search bar, click Enter, and wait for Google, Bing, or Yahoo! to spit out a result.
There’s a better way.
Add the extension KeySearch to Safari and get more controls over keywords to search, and which search engines get searched.
KeySearch adds a search menubar in Safari with extra settings, including an option to edit and save keywords to be used in future searches.
Here’s how it works. While you’re browsing the web, hit the keys Control-S (or click the KeySearch toolbar button). That brings up the KeySearch bar.
Type a keyword for a specific search engine, then your search keywords, and his the Enter key. KeySearch finds the search site you wanted and does the search.
And, KeySearch isn’t limited to Google. It searches YouTube, Amazon, IMDb, Wikipedia, and more. Simply assign a keyword for a particular search engine.
Settings are designed to be set and seldom changed. Setup keyboard shortcuts for the search and results.
Setting up keywords to invoke a specific search engine is likewise simple and straightforward.
KeySearch gives your search effort more options for a more precise search, and it’s mostly set it up and forget it.
And, KeySearch is free. It’s a Safari extension, so download it, and double click to install. The only problem I’ve encountered to date is remembering the keyboard shortcuts given to each search engine.