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Google Search Lucky

Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” search in Google Chrome Do you want to use Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” search in Google Chrome? It’s easy using the custom search engines. In Google Chrome click the wrench icon and then choose prferences next click manage custom search engines Inser the string(s) below and a name (pretty much irrelevant) and they shortcut keyword you want to use. I use > Google Search Lucky Strings Standard “Im Feeling Lucky” Search http://www.google.com/search?q=%s&btnI=Im+Feeling+Lucky SSL Encrypted “Im Feeling Lucky” Search https://www.google.com/search?q=%s&btnI=Im+Feeling+Lucky Note: I’ve stripped out all items such as encoding and referrer to keep this as clean and simple as it can be. Now you can simply type in something like > Google Docs into your browser bar and have it go to the first result – which is most likely the right place.

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Disable Google’s “Did you Mean”

If you’re tried of Google automatically rewriting your search queries, this will help. Case Study: When searching Google for “Linus Redhat” Google will automatically search instead for “Linux Redhat” and you will need to click the link for your original search exactly as you typed it. If you search for obscure things, like code snippets, this can be annoying The Fix: Append this to the end of your search string: &nfpr=1 So, for example you can use this string to search google from your browser’s custom search engines with “did you mean” disabled: http://www.google.com/search?q=%s&nfpr=1 It will still show “Did you mean” but it will not automatically change your query.

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Set Finder to Search “File Name” instead of “Contents” on Mac OS X Leopard

Here’s my solution to getting the “File Name” box by default when pressing Cmd-F when in a finder window on Mac OS X. This is not perfect, but it’s pretty good. Since it has to call automator / applescrpt there might be a 1 second delay after you press the key. Let me know if anybody has a way to speed that up. So… Note: There is an easier way to do this (than below). Instead of using cmd-f just use cmd-shift-f and it will default to file name instead of contents :) However, if you are really set on having Cmd+f search file names, check out the section below. Part I: Create a Service with Automator Launch Automator and choose “New Service” Click on the record button and when it is recording, choose a finder window, and do something, like change the view prefernces (icons, list, anything really). Then press stop recording. Back in automator you will now have your recording, but at the top you will also have something that says “Service Receives” and change that from “text” to “no input” and then choose “Finder” for the application. If you didn’t do the previous step of recording something where you activated finder, you won’t be able to select finder her. Remove the thing you recorded in the right hand pane, and then choose Applescript from the left side. Paste in this code: on run {input, parameters} tell application “System Events” to tell process “Finder” set frontmost to true … Continue reading

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Increase Gmail search result count (from 20)

Are you frustrated that when you search g-mail there are only 20 results that show up at a time? It’s quite difficult to review, mark, and move messages when the search results are limited to 20 messages. Does it make sense that a “search company” which offers GIGABYTES of storage in their e-mail system limits your result count to 20? No. Of course not. Solutions Creating a Filter (thanks Stephan) Create a filter with your search. Put your keywords in the “Contains the words” field, then click “test search” and hit continue. Next, create a label and apply the filter (ignore the warning that this will never apply to incoming mail) for the mail below. Of course it’s complicated to create a filter each time you want to search for a large amount of mail, but still better than the 20 mail-limit. Suggest that Google fix it Visit the GMAIL SUGGESTIONS PAGE and choose the second one from the bottom “Better message search functionality” – also, possibly choose the dropdown box at the bottom, select OTHER, and tell google you want more than 20 results! :) One Related Labs Feature If you haven’t seen QuickLinks in Google Labs, it’s worth checking out. It still only gives you 20 results, but it is a way of having saved searches easily available without having to create a filter. About Quick Links Adds a box to the left column that gives you 1-click access to any bookmarkable URL in Gmail. You can use it for … Continue reading

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