If you use Bugzilla as a bug tracking database, or use any bug tracking database for that matter, this may be a handy tip. I often have a bug ID that I want to look up and it’s kind of a pain to have to go to the main bugzilla page, click in the search field and then enter the bug id.
I already use a keyword bookmark for google, so I should have thought of it sooner. I changed the default keyword of ‘google’ to the letter g, so when I want to search for something on Google I just open a new tab and type ‘g search_term.’
Now I can do the same thing to look up bugs by typing ‘b bug_id.’ It was so easy and slick, I began thinking about other sites and came up with Wikipedia and Answers.com.
It’s very easy to create a keyword bookmark. Just go to Bookmarks, Manage Bookmarks, New Bookmark and enter a name, the URL (replacing the appropriate text in the URL with %s), and a keyword.
So, to add the keyword bookmark for answers.com, I called it Answers, put this URL: http://answers.com/%s and ‘a’ for the keyword.
You can do the same thing in Opera, but you have to edit the search.ini which may be overwritten in upgrades, so be sure to back it up. I imagine custom search engines will be supported in the Preferences eventually. If you’re using Windows and you don’t want to muck around with the file, you can use the search.ini editor.
Update: I spent a long time trying to figure out why my changes to search.ini on Linux were having no effect. I finally found that instead of reading /home/dan/.opera/search.ini Opera8 was reading /home/dan/.opera/locale/en/search.ini. Once I made the changes there, all was well.
Yup, did this in Opera (search.ini & al.), doing it in Firefox too.
Here’s another couple of keyword bookmarks/queries, this time for del.icio.us (I shouldn’t take the credit for these, because I implemented these after reading them from somewhere):
Assuming you assign the keyowrd “d1” to the first URL, and “d2” to the second, “d1 test” will load those del.icio.us bookmarks of yours with the word “test”, “d2 test” will load those ones tagged as “test”.
Hey, that’s not a bad idea. Two more bookmarks coming up!
I find keyword bookmarks/browsing very useful too.
– For that particular bug
These are some keywords I’ve set up:
gg – Google
gh – Google Search history
tech – Technorati
kod – Koders.com
bb – Brainboost
gy – YaGooHoogle
del – Delicious search
bugs – Our Bugzilla homepage
ljpals – livejournal/myusername/friends
it can go on and on ;)
Thanks for the sites. I may have to add even more bookmarks.