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    So, there are two things keeping me with Firefox:

    1) A context search plugin where all my search engines are available on right-click:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/240

    2)Chome not having a drop down arrow on the search bar so you could set the search engine with your mouse, like the firefox searchbar. i know you can type the search engine, but I like being able to select the engine with my mouse in seconds.

    I only know basic HTML, but I am going to undertake this project myself, as they are valuable and useful features for me.

    Anyone have any advice on where to start? Also, anyone here more knowledge than me want to help out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrome567 View Post
    So, there are two things keeping me with Firefox...
    AFAIK Chrome doesn't support "writing" in the context menu. Take a look at http://fefoo.com and http://fefoo.com/help/#commands

    Does that maybe help? I know it's not the solution you expect

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    Thanks for the link. But that's not what I was looking for.

    Does anyone know how to create these two extensions? (a drop down arrow on the search bar to manually select search engines, and the context search) They're two Firefox features I cannot live without.

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    You cannot edit the right-click menu with an extension.
    You could maybe have a page-action in the omnibar that pops up a menu (created in the page DOM) that would let you select the search service.. Though I'm not really sure if an extension can change the search service. You MIGHT be able to add text to the omnibar that you can subsequently just press tab to search that site but I dunno if you can do that without making it go to the text you entered as if it were a url. *shrug*

    You could just make a search engine replacement in a toolstrip or something and have the selection use moles.
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    Or you could use a browser action with its own popup (no need to create the menu in the pages DOM). Those browser actions look great, why cant the toolstrip have the same sorta popups?...silly moles

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    Oh I didn't know they had popups, neat.
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    Thanks for the responses!

    I just noticed that there's a Firefox Omnibar plugin that allows you to have the feature of search engine selection:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/8823

    As you can see by this picture, you can press the icon (Google is showing in the picture) then a drop drop box comes up with all your search engines:
    http://i37.tinypic.com/np4aww.jpg

    You can also choose to show the search engines name instead of an icon, or show both.

    It should be possible to emulate this in Chrome. It;'s a great feature.

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    Is there a way to get access from extension code to information about Chrome search engines: get/set default search engine, get/modify list of all search engines with URLs, keyworlds, favicons etc?
    Also, is there a way to get access to history (from extension)?
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    I'm not to understand what you want but in the search engine manager you can define keyword for each search engine and you just have to enter the key follow by your search request.

    Otherwise, you can take a look at my extension http://www.chromeextensions.org/tool...klets-manager/ which provide a configurable popup menu. It show bookmarks/bookmarklets, and you can add custom search engine (match on selected text of the page) in the options page.

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