[HOW TO] Add “I’m Feeling lucky” feature to the Address bar in your Browsers

magnifying_glass Web search is the first thing we do when we open our browsers. Recently, the latest crop of browsers have gone to the extent of a dedicated search bar or like chrome, which has merged both the address bar and search bar into a single text field. Many users are unaware of the fact that even in browsers like Firefox, IE and Opera, you can enter a keyword into the URL bar and that will initiate a Google search for that keyword. Ability to search the Internet using simple keywords is great and is something we have been doing for ages now.But it is always easier to find a web page we want instantly. I mean, enter a keyword, press return and boom!- the page you want opens up; without even you entering the web address! If you look at Google’s homepage, there are two options after you key in your search query: First, is the standard search button. The other one is the ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ button. So what is this ‘I’m feeling lucky’? . For example, you enter the keywords ‘wiki bill gates’ it directly takes you to the wikipedia article on Bill gates instead of showing search results for it. This is a huge time saver. When we enter queries in the URL bar, our browsers come up with search results from our default search engine. However, in this [How to] I will brief you about adding the ‘I’m Feeling lucky’ feature to your browser’s address bar.
Internet Explorer 8

click on the arrow next to the search bar.

click Find more providers.

You will be navigated to the add-ons page of IE. At the bottom of the page, click create your own search provider.

Now, in the URL field, paste the following URL: http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=TEST

click Install search provider

In the dialog box that pops up, check ‘Make as my default search engine’ and click ‘ADD

 

Google Chrome 5

Right click the URL bar, and click Edit search engines

In the dialog box that opens, click Add

Give the following details: Name: any name you wish  Keyword: %s  URL: http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=%s

Click OK and then select this search engine and click Make default


Mozilla Firefox

Type about:config in the URL bar. Click ‘i’ll be careful’.

In the Filter field, type Keyword.URL

Right click the Keyword.URL entry and click Modify.

Paste the following URL in the text box that appears. : http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=

Click OK and close the about:config tab.

Opera  10

click on the arrow next to the search bar.

click ‘Manage search engines

In the dialog box that opens, click Add

Give the following details:
1. Name: any name you wish   
2. Keyword: %s
3. URL: http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=%s .

Leave the Query string field empty.

Click OK and then select this search engine and check Use as Default search engine. Click OK again.

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