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    IE Web Accessories and Quick Search (5 and 6)

    This is really just an FYI post for anyone interested in being able to quickly Search from the address bar using any search engine you desire. This is in particular reference to quickly finding an MSKB article using its number -- but I will also include instructions for the Security Bulletins as well.

    To add the ablity to Quick Search from the address bar, you must first install the "IE5 Web Accessories". Now, I realize that even Microsoft says that, "These tools are only recommended for Internet Explorer 5" -- but they work absolutely fine in IE6 also.

    Once you have installed the Web Accessories, your Links Folder (Bar) will have an entry in it called "Quick Search.exe". If you click on this, the Internet Explorer Quick Search interface opens. You want to select a "New..." entry, then add in simply a "Q" as the shortcut. Select a "Custom URL" and then enter this exact phrase as the URL:

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...d=kb;en-us;Q%s

    Save and close/exit.

    Now, to search the MSKB for a given article, simply type Q ###### in the address bar -- where ###### is the MSKB article number and there is a space after the Q. Hit Go and you will be taken directly to the article.
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    To quickly access the Security Bulletins by number, you need to follow the exact same instructions as above except:

    1) Use either "SB" or "MS" as the Shortcut
    2) The URL is this:

    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...letin/MS%s.asp

    To use this, simply type the shortcut, a space, and then the bulletin number.

    Note: for some reason it is difficult to simply Cut&Paste URL's into the QuickSearch interface -- so, you usually have to type them out by hand. If for some reason it does not work, re-check your typing.
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    Using Quick Search you can add all kinds of sites: What is, Webopedia, Dictionary, AcronymFinder -- whatever you like. It certainly speeds up looking for things.
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    Re: IE Web Accessories and Quick Search (5 and 6)

    If the URL you want to use is not pasting into QuickSearch (usually there's a flash, but no text in the URL box) then the URL is probably too long for the form control. Don't worry. First, make sure you've changed the search text in your URL to the placeholder "%s" (without the quotes). Then, if that doesn't work, type in a short URL - doesn't have to be the real one - and save.

    Quick Search stores it's shortcut entries in the Registry, under the key

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearchUrl

    You'll see keys for each shortcut. If you're comfortable editing your registry (and follow the warnings about backing up and such), then:

    1. Run regedit and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearchUrl.
    2. Find the key for your new shortcut and select it to see the associated values (in the right-hand pane).
    3. Double-click on the Default value, and then enter the entire URL (with the %s placeholder) and click OK.
    4. Test your shortcut in IE.

    I haven't found a URL that's too long using this method. And some good searches have simple URLs where paste works, like my Google Bar replacement:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=%s

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    Re: IE Web Accessories and Quick Search (5 and 6)

    Excellent. I knew where it was in the registry, but I have just been manually typing in the lines!! Thanks for helping me make the connection!

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    Re: IE Web Accessories and Quick Search (5 and 6)

    I also just notice a posting in XP that mentioned TweakUI for XP allows you to edit the URL Search as well. Checked it out, and sure enough, it's right there, and even handles the longer URLs! (TweakUI is part of the Power Toys for Windows.)
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    Re: IE Web Accessories and Quick Search (5 and 6)

    Hi Charlie:
    This version of TweakUI can't be used in Win 98SE, can it? I think I checked into that once, but I forget. <img src=/S/nosleep.gif border=0 alt=nosleep width=27 height=15>

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    Re: IE Web Accessories and Quick Search (5 and 6)

    Phil - I certainly believe that is correct. I think the 1.33 version of TweakUI is the latest one you can use with Win98 (however, I cannot quickly find the version in the program itself -- there is no "About" box!).

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    Re: IE Web Accessories and Quick Search (5 and 6)

    I haven't tried it, but since it is no longer a Control Panel applet it may work. I'm not that brave.

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    Re: IE Web Accessories and Quick Search (5 and 6)

    Hi Rick:
    I've been using this technique ever since you posted it, but have a question. According to your instructions, you must type the shortcut, then a space, then the number (e.g. Q 123456). Is there a way to change the functionality so that you don't have to type a space after the Q? Thanks.

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    Re: IE Web Accessories and Quick Search (5 and 6)

    I don't believe so. The space is needed to identify the end of the "code word". In this case the 'word' is only a single letter -- Q.

    I think the "new" MSKB has a shorter URL for these articles (you no longer need to specify language), so you make that modification if you wish.

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    Re: IE Web Accessories and Quick Search (5 and 6)

    Thanks for the information. I figured if there was a way to change it, you'd have figured it out. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I'll just remember to type a space. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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