Buscar en la Web con Internet Explorer 8

5 tips to help you find information faster

By Jay Munro

There are millions—if not billions—of web searches done every day. I know, because it sometimes seems like I'm personally responsible for most of them. Whether doing online research at work or finding weekend getaways, the first thing I do when I open my browser is search the web.

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Internet Explorer 8 search box

Internet Explorer 7 introduced the search box on the Address bar, making it possible to search the web without needing go to a search website. With Internet Explorer 8, I can search even faster. Here are five ways that Internet Explorer 8 helps me find what I need faster.

Tip 1: Let Internet Explorer finish that thought for you

As I get older, I’ve come to appreciate having my memory jogged a little. Search suggestions help me a lot. When I type a word or phrase into the search box, a list of suggested search words and phrases appears.

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Search suggestions I can choose from

Often, I’ve found pages that are really useful, but I didn’t add them as a favorite. Now, when I want to go back, I don’t have to click through my history. I can just begin typing the search I’ve previously used and the page will appear in the History section of the list.

The list has suggestions from several other places, as well: previous search terms I’ve typed, and popular searches from my search provider. For example, if I start typing "digital" in the search box, Bing, my current search provider, comes back with suggestions of terms other people have used, such as "digital cameras," "digital picture frames," and "digital TV." To use one of these suggestions, just click it to immediately get results. If you press the Ctrl key when you click a suggestion, it displays your results in a new tab so you don’t move away from the webpage you have open.

If I mistype a word in my search, I’m reminded of it every time I type a similar term. If I don’t want to keep being reminded of it, I can delete it by pointing to the term and clicking the red X. If I want to stay keyboard bound, I can scroll down and press Delete. This trick only works for suggestions from previous searches I’ve typed, or from my history, and not ones from my search provider.

In addition to suggested words and phrases from my search provider, I can get images with my search results. Depending on the subject and the search provider, my search results often include some useful visual information. For example, Seattle rain is legendary, and if I type "Seattle weather" into the search box, I get a visual preview of what I can expect outside—no further searching required. That’s pretty cool.

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Clouds for Seattle...what else is new?

Tip 2: Find more than one search provider, and switch to it quickly

When I’m searching the web, I find the key to sifting through information for exactly the results I want is to use more than one search provider, often a more focused one. In earlier versions of Internet Explorer, if I wanted to search with another provider, I’d have to open a different search webpage. Internet Explorer 7 let me change search providers on the fly from a drop down list, and I could add new providers from the Search Provider page.

The Adds-on Gallery in Internet Explorer 8 replaces the old Search Provider page in Internet Explorer 7. I really like the gallery because it offers me a one-stop shop for all the new Internet Explorer 8 web services—search providers, Accelerators, Web Slices, toolbars, and extensions. To get there, click the arrow next to the search box, and then click Find more providers. The Add-on Gallery has all the usual suspects (Google, Yahoo, and Bing, of course), plus more targeted search providers (such as Amazon, Wikipedia, eBay, and ESPN).

Another way I find search providers is by watching the arrow next to the search box as I surf the web. When it turns orange, I know there’s a search provider available for the website I’m on.

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The arrow turns orange when a search provider is available on a webpage

I can click the arrow to open the provider list and either use the search provider temporarily or click Add Search Providers, which lets me add it permanently. If I don’t add it permanently to my list, it disappears from the search provider list once I navigate to a different webpage. After I’ve added the new search provider, I can then use it no matter what webpage I’m on.

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The Add Search Providers option
Picking a new provider from a list in Internet Explorer 7 was more convenient than going to a search webpage, but Internet Explorer 8 has made it even faster with quick pick. Quick pick is a row of search provider icons that appears when I start typing a search term. Using these icons, I can quickly change my current search provider with one click. If the new provider offers search suggestions, they'll show up in the suggestions list. To see search results from that provider, I just press Enter or click the search button Picture of search button .
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Click an icon to change search providers

Tip 3: Find out more about something on a webpage

Internet Explorer Accelerators give me quick access to more information about words I select on a webpage. I select some text, click a button, and pick a search provider. I use this feature a lot when I’m shopping and want to compare prices. I can read an article, select the name of a product, and then search for deals without leaving the page. When I use an Accelerator, Internet Explorer automatically opens search results in a new tab. For more information, see Press the Internet Explorer 8 Accelerator.

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Select text and go

Tip 4: Find words on a webpage

When I get to a website I want, I use the Find box to locate the actual word or phrase I was searching for. In Internet Explorer 8, when I press Ctrl+F, the Find box opens just under the tab row. Internet Explorer 8 also tells me how many matches I have, and highlights them all on the page. If needed, I can use the Options button to narrow the search on the page. When I just want words that are capitalized a specific way, such as proper names, I choose Match case. The Match whole word only option is really helpful when I’m trying to find words that could be part other words, like many acronyms or abbreviations.

Tip 5: Keep your fingers on the keys

I've found that each time I take my hands off the keyboard, I lose valuable time, and so I've developed a passion for keyboard shortcuts. While most of these aren’t new, here are some shortcuts I use to get around when I’m searching the web:

  • Press Ctrl+E to put your cursor into the search box

  • Press Alt+Enter to open your search results in a separate tab

  • Press Ctrl+down arrow to open the search provider menu from the search box

  • Press Ctrl+F to open the Find box

  • Press Tab and Shift+Tab to move forward or backward between links on a search results page

  • Press Enter to display search results

  • Press Ctrl+Enter to display search results in a new tab

For more keyboard shortcuts, see Métodos abreviados de teclado de Internet Explorer. If you'd like to use the keyboard instead of the mouse on webpages, see ¿Cómo puedo seleccionar texto y desplazarme por una página web con el teclado?

So much information, so little time

These are the things in Internet Explorer 8 that help make my web searching a little faster. After you get used to things like search suggestions and quick pick, you won't want to do without them. For more information about getting better search results, see Sugerencias para realizar búsquedas en Internet.

About the author

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Jay Munro se desempeña como escritor en el equipo de Windows en Microsoft y se especializa en Internet Explorer. Fue líder de proyectos en los laboratorios de la revista PC Magazine y escritor independiente para PC Magazine, Extreme Tech, PC Today, C-Net, Computer Shopper y otras revistas.

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