Konqueror Web Shortcuts
I'm a two browser kind of guy. Somewhere, on one of my virtual desktops, I always have a copy of Firefox open. On another, I have Konqueror. Both of these are incredibly capable browsers with their own strengths, strengths which are unique to both and which, as a result, leave me running two different browsers all the time. Firefox is there because, quite frankly, it can handle pretty much any web page I throw at it, even those that then to be a little (oh, how shall I put this) specific to that other OS.
Konqueror's real strength comes from its tight integration into the KDE desktop but that's not all. This amazing program is a file manager par excellence with capabilities that would require a pretty generous article, something I may yet do here. What I want to tell you about right now though is a means by which Konqueror lets you get at information on the Internet with nothing more than a few keystrokes. Let's look at an example:
Let's say that you wanted to search on Linux media players in Google. Normally, you would enter http://www.google.com, wait for the site to load, type in Linux media players, and click to start the search. With Konqueror, a number of quick search shortcuts have been defined that make searching feel so much easier. To search Google for our media players, you could simply type the following in the Location field (where you normally enter a website's URL).
gg: Linux media players
Konqueror automagically feeds the search terms to Google. You can do a rapid-fire search of the Google Usenet groups' archive, as well. Pretend that you are having problems with an FTL3D VR card for your system.
ggg: FTL3D VR card setup Linux
There are other great shortcuts. For instance, typing fm: will let you search the Freshmeat software archives, and rf: package_name will search RPMfind.net for RPMs of your favorite software. Here's a list of others you may want to try:
av: Use the AltaVista search engine ad: Acronym database lookup ggn: Search Google News ggi: Search Google Images hb: Search HotBot imdb: Internet Movie Database Search sf: Look through SourceForge
You can check all these out for yourself by clicking on Configure Konqueror in the menu bar under Settings. Then choose Enhanced Browsing from the sidebar on the left, and you will get a nice long list of these shortcuts. One of my favorite shortcuts of all time is the online dictionary search. Using the dict: shortcut, Konqueror will search through the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, and the ths: shortcut will look things up in the online thesaurus.
You know, there really is no synonym for thesaurus.
You can add your own Web search shortcut. When looking through the shortcuts under Enhanced Browsing, select one, click Modify, and follow the example to create your own.