February 04, 2003
IE Keyboard shortcut

This was a neat one. I blog it so I'll remember myself ;-)

Here's a slick keyboard shortcut. When using the Internet Explorer browser, you obviously need to type in Web addresses. You can avoid most of the typing for many sites by just typing in a word. For instance, if you want to go to the search engine Google, type "Google" in the address box, then hit "control" plus "enter." Your computer will fill in the "http:\\www" and the ".com" and automatically get you to the site. Once you have used this shortcut a few time, you may find it easier to use for many sites than bookmarks.
(via billingsgazette.com)
They got the \\'s wrong, but hey; the shortcut works well in IE 6 :-)

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I'm not starting a browser war here but I just want to point out the following shortcuts in Opera:
"g whatever" - searches google for "whatever"
I've made custom shortcuts, example:
"a book" - searches amazon for "book"
"i movie/actor/whatever" - searches, you got it, imdb.com for movie/actor/whatever
It is wasy to define searches yourself if you dare try.

Regards
Odegard

Posted by: Agnar Ødegård on February 4, 2003 08:46 PM

Oh, I forgot (you really should add an "edit" function ;)
You don't have to hit control when doing this, enter or clicking on "go" will suffice.

Regards
Odegard

Posted by: Agnar Ødegård on February 4, 2003 08:49 PM

You can do the "g whatever" shortcut in the URL field for Internet Explorer as well. It comes as part of the TweakUI powertoys for Windows XP (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/powertoys.asp). I think there's a registry hack that performs the same function, but I can't find a link to it right now.

(Oh, and don't get the impression that I'm an IE person--I'm Opera all the way. Well, most of the way. I still have to revert to IE for some sites, but when I do, I like it to behave as much like Opera as possible :-)

Posted by: Martin Sutherland on February 5, 2003 07:15 PM

Yes, I guess many of the "snacks" in one of the browsers can be added to the other through tweaks and TweakUI is not that uncommon, so, good for IE users.

While we are on the subject of Opera, take a look at this:
http://my.opera.com/dev/discussion/openweb/20030206/
This is a proof of deliberate sabotage by MS.

How about blogging this one Anders?

Posted by: Agnar Ødegård on February 6, 2003 11:14 PM

This is why I love the mac.

Type in joshua and hit enter and it goes to http://www.joshua.com without any problem. Microsoft is trying to help sell keywords I believe so that when you just type in 'money' and someone owns that word but not the domain money.com, it'll still go their site.

Annoying at best.

Posted by: joshua on February 7, 2003 04:31 PM

Doesn't this work in IE too? Since I stopped using it I'm not that familiar with it anymore (I do try each new version of course, I'm no zealot). I just know that in opera you can make a list of what to put infront of words you type as urls (e.g. www.) and what to put after the word (e.g. com, net, org, whatever).

Who ever uses the windows key anyway? CTRL+ESC does the same thing, no?

Posted by: Agnar Ødegård on February 8, 2003 08:03 PM

Ctrl-Esc and Win are not the same keys. It might look that way, but you cannot use shortcuts like Ctrl-Esc-M to minimize all windows, it won't work, you'll have to use Win-M instead.

Posted by: Arve on February 10, 2003 02:37 AM

Wow, thanks, this is going to save me so much time!

Posted by: Casey Bex on February 11, 2003 07:04 PM

In addition a simple keyboard shortcut can be created for getting to Google or any favourite site in a few steps:

1 Go to the site for which you want a shortcut
2 Use File>Send>Shortcut to desktop
3 Locate shortcut on the desktop
4 Click on it with the right mouse button and select Properties
5 Assign whatever keyboard shortcut you want

e.g. I use Ctrl+Alt+g to get me to Google

This works for Windows98. I expect similar steps would work for other OS.

Posted by: James McGinley on May 3, 2003 07:41 AM

Hey This comes a bit dated and i dont know if this is an active blog anymore, but thought to write anyways.

I am facing a very queer problem and was searching the web for a solution when i stumbled on this discussion on the ctrl+enter shortcut. I've been using the shortcut for quite a while and it's been working quite well for me. But lately my IE (6) has started redirecting to search.msn.com. i.e. if i type google and press ctrl+enter it goes to http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=google !!!

I trust Microsoft to do such a tweak to increase the hits on MSN's search engine. Or is it just something at my machine ??!

If anyone knows anything abt this pls help.

thanks
Ashish

Posted by: Ash on January 13, 2004 09:09 AM

Don't know if you'll see this and i probably won't be back here (im not a regular visitor, just found this site off google) but I had the same problem once on my old Win98 machine...

Unfortunately I can't actually help you fix the problem, i'm not sure how I fixed it myself. You could try re-installing IE...

You might have fixed it already...

Peter

Posted by: Peter on April 7, 2004 04:05 AM

ya i am facing the same problem !!!!! the msn search window appears .... e.g if i type 'hotmail' and i press ctrl+enter the msn search page opens with search results for hotmail!!! .. its very annoying.. please can someone help[

Posted by: hammad on September 25, 2005 03:03 PM

hii ash,
the answer to internet explorer 6 keyboard shortcut is i.e. for the ctrl + enter one....is

1]go to internet options in tools
2]the go to content
3]then in autocomplete...
4]then use autocomplete for...just click in web addresses....

i hope this should work for u...

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