Quick Search Bar

Quick search bar provides easy access to search engines and look-up sites without connecting to their homepages first. SlimBrowser achieves this by a flexible interface and automatic form submission.  

Using Quick-Search Bar

You can click the search button (green arrow) or its drop-down arrow to access the drop-down menu listing all available engines. You can right click on a menu item and select "delete" to remove an engine or a folder. The menu items correspond to the engine definition files. All the engine definition files (*.qseg) are stored under the folder YourProfileFolder\Application Data\SlimBrowser\quicksearch. You can create sub-folders inside "QuickSearch" folder for better organization. 

How to Search?

  • Method 1
    Enter keywords in the keyword field and then press ENTER key or click the green arrow button to search in the currently selected engine. 
  • Method 2
    If you have turned on the option "Start search at selecting an engine from quick-search bar", you can enter the keywords and then choose an engine from the drop down menu to start searching in the selected engine. 

Open From Windows Shell or Explorer

You can put an engine definition file (.qseg file) on windows desktop or any other folder and then double-click on the file. SlimBrowser will open the engine definition file and prompt you for the keyword to be searched for. 

Extract Search Engine Data Automatically

SlimBrowser can help you extract search engine data from the current web page automatically. To do automatic extraction, observe the following steps:

  1. Open the search engine homepage, e.g., http://www.google.com 
  2. Click inside the input box where you are expected to type the words to search for. Keep the blinking caret inside the input box.
  3. Click the dropdown arrow near the icon at the left end of the quick-search bar to get the list of search engines. Select "Create your own search engine" towards the end of the menu. You will see a dialog showing the extracted data after that.
  4. Review the data and make modifications if necessary.  Click "Save As" button to save the data as a search engine definition file (*.qseg).
  5. The new search engine will be immediately available from the drop-down list of engines.

Understanding Quick-Search Engine Definition Files (Advanced)

Each engine definition file contains the following fields,

  • URL: The address of the CGI (web form handler) together with the query parameters. No matter whether the method of query form is GET or POST, this URL should be written as if the form's method is GET. The keyword to be searched for is represented as $key in the URL. The standard format for this URL is like this:

  • method: the method of the web form, either 'GET' or 'POST'.

Sometimes automatic search engine data extraction may fail to work. In this case, you may add your own search engine manually by reading the source code of the html page and web form. If the form method is GET, search for a keyword like "test" in that engine. Then copy the URL of the result page from the address bar into the URL field of the engine definition file. But you need replace "test" with "$key", which is a special variable for later substitution. If the form method is POST, you have to manually compose the query string as if the form is submitted with GET method.

Keyword Highlighting

Click the "Highlight Keyword" button on the quick-search bar to highlight keywords in the current page.

Find In Page

Click on the "Find In Page" button to search the specified keywords in the current page. Click the same button again to continue to find the next keyword.

Tip: When you type the keywords, you can begin the search string with a '/' sign to enable "type-and-search": i.e., the searching is automatically performed while you are typing the keywords.




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