Web Search Shortcuts

We often need to search something over the internet, which is the main way to get information nowadays.

Normally, you need to find your web browser first (e.g. Press Cmd+Tab many times to find your web browser), and type a URL in its address bar, and then input your keywords so that you can search information you need on this specific page.

Alternatively, you can create a WebLink task in TaskTips console. When you execute this task with keywords, it will take you to the result page directly. Please see a few examples below.

Example 1: Google Maps Search

In order to quickly search Google Maps directly using TaskTips, we can create a new task as below.

Task Type:

Web Link

Task Name:

Search Maps for: @query@

Task Instructions:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/@query@

Search Key:

map

Safe Mode: Disabled

This task is super simple. Please notice two useful settings in this task:

  1. The @query@ parameter is a variable which will be replaced with the keywords you input in TaskTips desktop application.
  2. We have specified "map" as the search key of this task, which means when you type "map" in front of your other keywords in TaskTips desktop search box, it will use this map task directly.

When you search this task through TaskTips desktop search box, you will see the task as below.

Screenshot of Google maps search

Press Enter key, TaskTips will take you to the search results page directly.

Example 2: Google Web Search

Similarly, we can create a task for Google Web search.

Task Type:

Web Link

Task Name:

Search Google for: @query@

Task Instructions:

https://www.google.com/search?q=@query@

Search Key:

google

Safe Mode: Disabled

When you execute this task with "google" as the search key, TaskTips desktop app will take you to the Google Web search results page directly.

Example 3: Maven Repository Search

If you are in Java eco-system, you should be familiar with Maven repository search. Similarly, we can create a task for searching Maven public repository.

Task Type:

Web Link

Task Name:

Search Maven repository for: @query@

Task Instructions:

http://search.maven.org/#search%7Cga%7C1%7C@query@

Search Key:

maven

Safe Mode: Disabled

When you execute this task with "maven" as the search key, TaskTips desktop app will take you to the Maven repository search results page directly.

Summary

If you often search on some specific pages, it's a good idea to create respective tasks in TaskTips console. Of course, TaskTips can be used as your bookmarks of web links too.