One Firefox addon i used quite often was a Context Search and what this done was added a selection of Search Engines and useful sites that would enable you to highlight text or a domain on a webpage then launch a search for the selected text on the chosen website.
It was a great time saver because you didn’t need to open another tab for the particular site, then copy and paste your text in to the search box and hit search. This is what it looked like on the right click context menu in Firefox:
This is one extension i miss, so i thought i would “kind of” make a fix for Google Chrome. When i say kind of, these are Bookmarklets which aren’t quite as convenient as having the functionality built directly in to the right click menu however they are still easier than going about things the old fashioned way and will suffice until we get an API for extensions or addons.
So to use these, drag the links below to your Bookmarks. Then whenever you highlight a piece of text on a webpage, click the corresponding bookmark and it will automatically conduct a search on the site you have chosen. So i have done the sites in the Firefox addon, and a couple of other useful searches.
Here they are:
Google Search Selected Text
Google Blog Search Selected Text
Google Images Search Selected Text
Google Trends Search Selected Text
Yahoo Search Selected Text
Live.com Search Selected Text
MSN.com Search Selected Text
Wiki Search Selected Text
Amazon Search Selected Text
Answers.com Search Selected Text
CreativeCommons.org Search Selected Text
Ebay.com Search Selected Text
Dictionary.com Search Selected Text
Google Text from Current Website
This one above will limit the Google search to just the site you are on, for example if you highlight the word “Bookmark” on this site and click the bookmarklet link it will show all pages listed in Google from ChromePlugins.org that contain the word “Bookmark”. This is quite useful if the site you are browsing doesn’t have a search feature, but they have a great article and you would like to find other similar articles on the site.
Also yesterday i published a whole stack of these in the forum that duplicate the functions of the Google Toolbar, as well as the functions of SEOQuake which is a popular Firefox tool for webmasters and SEO folk. You can view them in the post titled Google Toolbar for Chrome
If you don’t know how to make these site searches for highlighted text and you would like one for a particular site, for example search the highlighted text at AOL.com then just leave a comment below with the site and i will make one and add it to the list for you.