Put your own Search Providers into Internet Explorer 7

Another nice feature, unrevealed in Internet Explorer 7: Adding your own search providers is quite easy. When you select the drop down menu at your search box, you can select your currently installed search providers.

Search Providers Menu

To add more, select Find More Providers… from the menu.

Add Search Providers to Internet Explorer

Now, go to your favorite search engine and perform a search for TEST. I did this for the Beolingus translation provider. Paste the URL from the previous source and specify a name for your new search provider.

Create your own Search Provider

That’s the XML used for the installation. Press install and can directly access this search provider using the search box in IE 7.

<OpenSearchDescription xmlns="http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearch/1.1/">
  <Description>Beolingus provider</Description>
  <Url type="text/html" template="http://dict.tu-chemnitz.de/dings.cgi?lang=en&service=deen&opterrors=0&optpro=0&query={searchTerms}&iservice=&comment=" />

If you want to modify the settings later, you can do so using Tools / Internet Options / Change Search Defaults Settings.

It was the first time I played with these settings of Internet Explorer and I am quite surprised in a positive way about it.

Change Search Defaults Dialog


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    I was looking for that solution nearly all day.Can i copy this article into my blog?If you are agree,we can exchange useful articles in the future?

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    Oh it was very complicated, I think in the new version IE8 it is easier to do, but thanks for the tip. Do you know how to do this for FireFox?

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