Dave's Quick Search Deskbar:
November 4, 2001 2:19 PM   Subscribe

Dave's Quick Search Deskbar: A cool little utility to make searches on the Windows desktop easy and (POW!) fast!
posted by jakd (19 comments total)
pretty nice.
posted by howa2396 at 2:32 PM on November 4, 2001

Dude, self-links are not cool.
posted by turaho at 2:32 PM on November 4, 2001

turaho: Sorry about that. I thought it meshed well. Won't happen again.
posted by jakd at 2:36 PM on November 4, 2001

No need to apologize to me, but fear the wrath of mathowie!
posted by turaho at 2:37 PM on November 4, 2001

I've been looking for something like this forever!

jakd... *sniff*... I love you, man.
posted by gd779 at 2:47 PM on November 4, 2001

Another cool way of doing searches (google and others) straight from the address bar is to get the Web Accessories for IE and use the quick search power toy.

(I found it out from the PHP Tips page which shows how to search the php.net site from the address bar.)
posted by gi_wrighty at 2:47 PM on November 4, 2001

Very strange: The delete key doesn't seem to work in the search field. Is that happening to anybody else?
posted by gd779 at 3:43 PM on November 4, 2001

gd779: It works for me, but there is a note on the linked page: "There appears to be a bug in the way Windows Explorer hosts IE on the deskbar that prevents deskbar-hosted pages from hearing about DEL keypresses. So the DEL key doesn't work. If anybody figures out a fix for this problem, please let me know!" I'm using IE 6.0 -- maybe it's been fixed there.
posted by mw at 4:29 PM on November 4, 2001

I'm willing to forgive the self-link on this one. This rocks.
posted by pjdoland at 5:01 PM on November 4, 2001

I'm willing to forgive the self-link on this one. This rocks.

No, the self-link is still clearly inappropriate. Everybody's opinion of a "good" link is different, and we can't give the impression that self-promotion is acceptable as long as the link is useful. If your pet project is really that good, somebody else will pick up on it and post it for you.
posted by gd779 at 5:10 PM on November 4, 2001

fwiw, I took out the self-link part.
posted by mathowie at 5:29 PM on November 4, 2001

The OSX tool is great.

"Services" in OSX are a great piece of technology. You can copy things to the clipboard and immediately launch all kinds of things, like "summarize this" or "turn this into a sticky note" or "email this".

Basically like the Windows version but more built in to the OS.
posted by jragon at 5:47 PM on November 4, 2001

If someone went to WebWord and then went to the interviews page, they would find an interview with Dave. I was tempted to post a self-link, but I didn't. This is bad enough, don't you think? :-)
posted by webword at 8:28 PM on November 4, 2001

John it's ok to self-link in threads when it's appropriate to the discussion. Here's the interview with the creator of the windows version.

I've always used the Address toolbar, as a quick shortcut to google, dictionary.com, etc, but Dave's bar looks like a nicer, more straightforward way to do it.
posted by mathowie at 8:52 PM on November 4, 2001

i will love you forever if someone knows of an application that allows me to highlight text and then right click it and choose to launch it in a browser. i always see test that isn't hyperlinked or see a reference to a site that i wish i could just highlight and launch rather than copy and paste them to the address bar. maybe that sounds lazy but i call it efficient.
posted by suprfli at 10:24 PM on November 4, 2001

It's called Apple Data Detectors. It uses regex to recognize various types of things (URLs, e-mail addresses, even names and street addresses) from selected text when you right-click. It's extensible: you can install new detectors to get it to understand new types of data, and new actions to do various things with each piece of data (bookmark a URL or launch it immediately or e-mail it to someone, for instance).

Unfortunately, it's only available on the Mac, and it's considered obsolete (doesn't work with Mac OS X, for instance). It's been around for several years and I still find it indispensible. Gonna miss it.
posted by kindall at 11:39 PM on November 4, 2001

Since I've always got four or five IE windows open, the Googlebar works for me.
posted by campy at 8:47 AM on November 5, 2001

suprfli: Try Babylon (Win). Don't even bother to highlite, just point and CTRL-Right-click. It OCR's the screen, finds your word even in graphics, and gives you the definition from one of over a thousand configurable glossaries. It'll even recommend spellings for poorly spelled words. One click in the definition window pops up the word in a search engine of your choice.

There's are single, double, and infinite licenses (many of the good glossaries are web-based) that are relatively inexpensive.

I use Babylon and find it completely indispensable.
posted by ringmaster at 11:34 AM on November 5, 2001

very nice indeed
posted by darth_smoothies at 1:06 PM on November 6, 2001

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