Yahoo! Search Shortcuts

Volume 8, Issue 166; 21 Dec 2005; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Power searching with Yahoo! and Firefox shortcuts.

By way of Dare Obasanjo, I learned of Yahoo! Shortcuts.

They seem pretty cool all by themselves, but combined with a browser trick I learned ages ago, I think I'm hooked. Here's the trick (in Firefox anyway): create a bookmark named “Y” with the location “” and the keyword “y”.

Now “y your search” in the browser address bar will search Yahoo! for “your search”. And if you put a shortcut in there, it'll do that too. For example, to find the Wikipedia URI for “Firefox” above, I typed “y !wiki firefox” into the address bar. Sweet.

I setup the shortcut “!nwn” to search for pages on my blog, so “y !nwn my search” will find the pages on my blog where I mentioned “my search”. Ok, maybe not useful so much for you, but useful for me sometimes.


Why not simply use Firefox keywords? Much easier!

—Posted by Sjoerd Visscher on 21 Dec 2005 @ 09:42 UTC #

Why bother with the !? To go to Wikipedia's Firefox page in Firefox, I just type "wp firefox". See for more.

This keymark thing is built into Firefox, too. It's not like you need to install some Greasemonkey extension.

—Posted by Bob DuCharme on 22 Dec 2005 @ 01:45 UTC #

Ehm, ehm -- always amused when Firefox users discovered this feature which was in Konqueror for years (at least since 3.0, but I think it was in 2.*). At least once I can smile to Firefox users :-) So I do not have to go through Yahoo! -- just type wiki:firefox into location bar and that's it.


—Posted by Matej Cepl on 22 Dec 2005 @ 03:43 UTC #

Ok. Consensus seems to be that I could just use firefox and be done with it. Fair enough. Maybe I wasn't seeing the forest for the trees, I dunno. Nevermind. Move along. Nothing to see here.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 22 Dec 2005 @ 12:37 UTC #

Definitely, no need to go through Y! to use these shorthands, define your own. I have a bunch of single or two letter quick search bookmarks for [g]oogle, [y]ahoo, [w]ikipedia, [p]erl (or python, or PHP), and so on. Very handy: Alt+D g keywords...

—Posted by Douglas Clifton on 24 Dec 2005 @ 05:36 UTC #