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How can I create a URL shortcut in Chrome?

Example: When I type "m", immediately, "mail.google.com" fills out, so I can just do 'm' followed by 'enter' to go to gmail.

Similar things happen with t (twitter) among many others.

In some cases, though, I want to define specifically the first choice - in particular, for "c". When I type "c", I get chase.com, but I would prefer to get "https://www.google.com/calendar/render" so I could go to my calendar quickly.

I'm sure that Google uses an algorithm to rank what to put first - hence putting "mail.google.com" first for "m" since I go there often - so I thought maybe by going to calendar more the effect might happen, but it hasn't.

Just wondering if there are shortcuts for this. Thanks for any advice.

(PS. I am aware of editing search engines so you can do, for example, "d" followed by a space and then whatever you want to immediately search on dictionary.com, but that is a separate feature.)

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I do not believe this is possible, at least without using an extension. If you don't want a separate feature though, I believe the only way to accomplish this is to edit the Chromium Source itself. You could make yourself your own browser. A lot of work just for that though. –  Josiah Dec 15 '12 at 20:16
    
(Just an Idea) To achieve similar functionality I use Autohotkey Hotstring feature. When I type su followed by space it expands to superuser.com. –  Lamb Dec 15 '12 at 20:20
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Do you know you can take advantage of the custom search engines feature in Google Chrome to create simple URL shortcuts? You don't have to use that feature for searching inside a website. –  amiregelz Dec 15 '12 at 22:58
    
I found a nice solution here: superuser.com/questions/468547/… (thanks to a comment by @amiregelz) –  dmonopoly Dec 16 '12 at 4:58
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(A workaround) With a simple AutoHotkey script you can have exactly the same functionality.

After installing AutoHotKey, create new .ahk file with following code. Run it.
Now typing m followed by enter or space, will take you to gmail automatically.

::m::mail.google.com
::ahk::autohotkey.com   
::su::superuser.com

These are known as HotStrings, you can modify them according to your need. The script can be made context sensetive so that these HotStrings are activated only in Chrome.

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Unlike IE’s old SearchUrl key which required a parameter to use a custom search-engine (e.g., for your example, you would have type c blah or c . or something in the address-bar), Chrome’s custom search-engines don’t require you to add the %s parameter at all:

  1. Right-click the Omnibar
  2. Select Edit search engines…
  3. Click Add
  4. Enter Calendar in the Name field
  5. Enter c in the Keyword field
  6. Enter https://www.google.com/calendar/render in the URL field
  7. Click OK and Close
  8. Click the Omnibar
  9. Press c, then Enter
  10. Marvel at your new shortcut
  11. Wonder about making a bunch more…
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