I want to search google or whatever the default search engine is set in the browser, by selecting a few words in the web page. Can I do this with a simple shortcut, instead of copy pasting the word in the search box and hitting enter?
Nobody's addressed the issue of how to select some text using the keyboard.
Firefox and IE have Caret Browsing, activated by F7. It lets you move a text cursor (caret) around to both navigate the document and select text, much like a word processor (except you can't edit). Select text in the usual way, by holding Shift and navigating.
Chrome has partial support for keyboard text selection using Shift + cursor keys, but it only works to expand or reduce an existing selection that's been made with the mouse :(
Both browsers can open the context menu with Shift+F10 or the context menu key - there's a search item on the menu.
There is addon for that.
Search it up! - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/13174
- chrome addons cannot do something like that
Both Chrome and Firefox allow you to search for a selected word or phrase through the context menu (as does IE 8). You can access the context menu not only with the second (usually the right) button on your mouse, but with the context menu key available on most keyboards made in the past few years. This assumes you're on Windows.
I think you are looking for this addon basic shortcuts.
shift-control-s: search google for selected text
shift-control-m: mail current url
This add-on supports the current Firefox:
Alt + s: Google search the selected text
Alt + q: Google search the selected text, but also put them in Double Quotes.
E.g. you've selected, say,
theory of everything, then it will do a search of
"theory of everything"
Alt + c: Google search the selected text, but only search in the current site.
I.e. it will do a search like,
Alt + i: Google image search
Try a program named Enso http://www.humanized.com/enso/.It let you search the selected word (in google) from any aplication in you default browser
I frequently select text, right-click and choose "Search Google for..." from the context menu. So I made a Chrome extension, Quick Search: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/quick-search/chgmjmpmfefgaiogdnnjbfcbgcflofgi
Select a text:
hit Alt+Ctrl+S to search it on Google
hit Alt+Ctrl+W to search it on Wikipedia
Hope this helps others :)