How to Search Through a Website With or Without the Search Box

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When you start loving a website you probably start expecting more from it. You start looking for more material to read. And one of the best ways to do that is to use the website’s Search Box. However, at times the search box isn’t integrated clearly in the site’s design and becomes difficult to locate. Moreover, some sites may not be offering one.

Today, we will tell you how you could easily locate the search box on a site or render one when it does not exists. It will also interest you to know that you can perform your domain search without using such a box.

Cool Tip: You might want to get regular site updates through RSS Feeds and customized social network profiles too.

Using SlashSearch in Chrome

If you are a Chrome user things will be pretty simple with the installation of SlashSearch as an extension. With this done you just need to hit the forward slash (/) and the cursor focus will be placed on the website search box.

Search-Box-Focus

If it doesn’t have one, the extension will render its own search box and direct all searches to domain specific Google search.

Rendered-SearchBox

You can also change the default hotkey by opening Options for the extension. Click on the / button and type in a new desired key value.

Change-Hotkey

The extension also extends Chrome’s address bar search feature. You may use the back slash (\) to perform a domain specific search on Google. The results will be equivalent to Google search of site: <query string>.

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Google-Equivalent

When you are on the website, key in a \ on the address bar and press Tab to enter the search mode.

Backslash-Search

The look and feel of your address bar will change slightly and any query will show Google results from the current webpage.

Backslash-Example

An Alternate Trick

If you do not want to take the trouble of integrating the extension or if you aren’t a Chrome user you can still do the search on a website. All you need to do is append your URL with ?s=keyword. For multiple word query replace the space with + sign.

Alternative-Method

Search Site Bookmarklet

Search Site is a bookmarklet that asks you to enter a search query by throwing a new pop up. The keyed in query gives results from domain specific Google search. To use the bookmarklet drag the link and drop it to your bookmark bar. Next time click on it to search any website.

Search-Site

Conclusion

With these methods you may now easily search through your favorite websites. Know of more such tricks? Share with us on the comments.

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  • Charlene

    Thanks for the tips! However “?s=keyword” did not work in firefox for me.

  • liveurlifehere

    Thanks for share, but in blogspot search you can take help from–http://blog.liveurlifehere.com/2014/02/search-website-without-search-box.html