Rob Relyea


IE7 Search Bar + OpenSearch

I'm loving the work many of my former teammates (I was an IE PM working on DHTML's programmibility from IE5 to IE6) are doing over on IE7.

Keyboard (or mouse) shortcuts I like:
ctrl-t - opens a new tab
ctrl-click on a link (opens in a new tab in the background)
ctrl-e, moves keyboard focus to the search box, type your term, then:
   1) enter to navigate the current tab
   2) alt-enter to navigate a new tab
See more at the Keyboard Lover's Guide to IE7.

Search Providers
Adding search providers is nice:

Search on this site

Navigate to a site with a <link /> tag pointing to information about their search, and it shows up in the drop down box next to search...

For instance...go to and see how the drop down changes. (it changes color and adds some choices in the drop down...)

Install IE7 Preview?
If you haven't tried IE7, now may be a good time:
   Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview - released on March 20th.



  • Newtronic said: is a repository of searches that you can review and it's also easy to add your own. Works great with IE7 beta 2. Thanks for the keyboard hints.

    Also, once you've given the search box the focus, if you want to change the search provider, you can hit cntrl-down arrow.
    June 23, 2006 11:17 AM
  • [2 blogs ago (back on what is now, I blogged about the IE7 Search Bar + Open Search

    April 19, 2008 4:38 AM