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Use Google to Find Experts Exchange Content with a Browser Shortcut

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Lucas Bishop
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When I'm searching for answers on Experts Exchange, I often use Google because it's built into my browser.  To search only on Experts Exchange, I use the "site:" search operator, which can be cumbersome to type out each time I want to run a search. Fortunately, I have found an automated  workaround that streamlines the process.


It involves setting up a simple browser shortcut (for Chrome and Firefox), that you can implement in less than a minute, allowing you to search experts-exchange.com with Google by typing "ee" (instead of a site operator) before your search query in the browser address bar.  In this article, I will detail how to set up this shortcut for yourself.


Adding an Experts Exchange site search to the Chrome browser

The process for Chrome is to add a new search engine to the browser (video instructions here):


  1. In chrome, via your address bar go to chrome://settings/searchEngines
  2. Scroll to the bottom and "Add a new search engine" with the following values:
  3. Press Enter and exit out of your settings area.

chrome-setup.png 



Adding an Experts Exchange site search to the Firefox browser

The process for Firefox is to add a dynamic bookmark to the browser (video instructions here):

 

  1. Press 'Ctrl + Shft + B' (Windows) or 'Apple Key + B' (Mac) in Firefox to launch the Bookmark Menu
  2. In the Bookmark Library, right click on "Bookmarks Menu"
  3. Select "New Bookmark"
  4. Fill out the new bookmark with the following fields:
    • Name: Search Experts Exchange
      • (This name can be anything you want)
    • Location: https://www.google.com/#q=%s+site:experts-exchange.com
      • Site search URL with "%s" acting as a dynamically replaceable keyword
    • Keyword: ee
      • (This keyword will be what triggers the custom search)
  5. Click "Add"

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Internet Explorer - Add Search Provider

The process for adding new Search Providers to Internet Explorer is currently broken (as of 4/14/2015). When IE is updated, I will update this article with the instructions.

 

Using Your New Search Tool

Once you've completed the setup, it's very simple to search Experts Exchange now with Google. All you have to do is:


  1. Type "ee" in your browser's address bar
  2. Type your search query after the "ee" 
  3. Press Enter

You will now only see results from experts-exchange.com


There you have it -- searching just Experts Exchange should be a much faster process. If you have any followup questions, post them as comments below.


For extensive details on this functionality including overviews on search operators and smart keywords you can read  my more detailed article here




 

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by:MtHolly
This will be handy!
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by:LJG
I love to learn things that make my life easier.  

Thanks
LJG
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by:Jim Horn
Very dang handy.  Voted yes.
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by:Bitsqueezer
Hi,

I didn't know that feature, to add a shortcut for a bookmark or to replace a value with %s - good article.

Unfortunately (in case of Google) it only works if Javascript is enabled for Google. As I use the "NoScript" addin and do not allow Javascript for Google the result is that you only see the Google start page. When I enabled Javascript for Google it works.

Cheers,

Christian
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by:MAS (MVE)
Hi Lucas Bishop
Excellent article. Keep it up.
You are a dolphin.
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by:Wayne Markel
Very nice
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by:MarkRob00
Works well
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by:Maidine Fouad
Nifty ^^ !
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by:Andrew Leniart
Excellent tip! Thanks for sharing.
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