What are Internet Explorer search prefixes?
Dave, a friend of mine was showing off his superior knowledge of Microsoft Internet Explorer (though he, of course, called it "IE" and, once, "MSIE") and really amazed me when in the Address bar he typed in something that caused it to give us a stock quote for the specified ticker symbol. How did he do that?
I can totally understand your not wanting to go back to this "friend" of yours to ask how he pulled up a stock quote, but fortunately the solution is pretty simple if you know that what we're talking about are what Microsoft's team calls IE Search Prefixes. Your first step is to install this little script.
Then, to get a stock quote, for example, type quote msft in the MSIE address box, then press Return (or Enter, depending on your keyboard). To learn more about a specific movie, say, Casablanca, try movie casablanca instead.
Here's a full table of IE Search Prefixes, according to the MSN Search team's Weblog:
Us Mac OS X users don't have to miss out on the fun either: if you want to have all these nifty prefixes available within the popular Apple Safari browser, just install the $12 Saft utility, which adds lots of cool features to Safari in addition to simple Address box prefix shortcuts.
Saft does include some nice default prefixes too, particularly if you don't want to keep going to Microsoft's sites for information. For example, the IE Search Prefix "movie" takes you to MSN Movies, whereas Saft's prefix "imdb" takes you to Amazon's Internet Movie Database (and, yes, you can easily modify it so that typing 'movie' would work too).
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