Search your terminology with custom Google Chrome keywords

I learned about this Google Chrome trick during a terminology workshop at the ATA annual meeting by Laura Ramírez Polo. Please note that your GC version might be different than mine, but the steps are similar.

I explain it below but it might be easier for you to understand this first: The end result is a keyword that you create, let’s say “lg” for “Linguee”, which you put in your address bar so that Chrome knows that you want to search a term in Linguee. After you press on the space bar, it generates an automatic text, in this case, “Search Linguee”, followed by a straight bar “|”. You then type the term you want to look up and it opens it in Linguee. Below are the instructions and links for more info.

First, write the URL of your favorite dictionary or database in the address bar and make a search of a term in the dictionary. Right click on the bar. Let’s say you want to save the Merriam Webster Dictionary. The electronic address is Search for any term and go to the address bar. Right-click to show a floating menu that appears to pick Edit Search Engines. Chrome opens a new tab in its configuration under “Manage Search Engines”. You will see a list of all the sites that you have visited that are search engines. Click “ADD” to integrate the MW Dictionary into the list. A window pops up to fill in three blank spaces:

  1. The name you want to give to the page, e.g. “Merriam Webster Dictionary”
  2. The keyword you are going to use in the address bar to search for a term, “mwd” or “mw”
  3. The URL of the page, followed by “%s” which will be the code that will tell Google Chrome that it will represent your term. (The window explains this, so don’t worry).

Click on “ADD”. And that’s it! Test it! Go to the address bar, type your keyword, press spacebar and type your term.

By the way, this would also work to quickly search your Xmas presents on Amazon! Or add my blog and use a keyword such as “imot” to search its contents.

Still not clear? The same happened to me when I started playing with this. But I found this blog post by Simon Slagen that helped me understand better:

I also found this video that might also help you. It also shows another way to edit your search engines.

Happy searching!


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