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Search Engine Selection

In K-Meleon, it is easy to use a wide array of search engines. It is a simple process to add new search engines and to set the default search engine.

Changing and Adding New Search Engines

1. Go to Tools > Web Search > Configure... From the Finding Websites page, choose the second tab: Web Search. You can see the ten search engines used as default in drop-down lists. You can change any of them.

2. You can add a new one by clicking on Add Entry. This creates another drop-down menu, where you can chose a new search engine. You can now simply close the window.

Setting the Default Search Engine

3. Google is set as the default search engine. You can change this by going to Tools > Web Search and uncheck Use As Default Engine. As a result the default search engine will always be the one you used for the last time.

4. To make one the deafult engine regardless of which one you used earlier, first choose the engine you want to be set as default. The Search dialogue appears, you may press either OK or Cancel. The chosen search engine will be marked in the list. Check Use As Default Search Engine to make it remain the default one.

Keyword Autosearch

5. K-Meleon has a feature called "Keyword Autosearch", which allows you to type a search query directly in the URL bar and search for it as long as it does not have a ".com", ".net", etc. in it.

6. Turn it on by going to Tools > Web Search > Configure... and on the Finding Websites page you will find a checkbox to turn it on. You can choose a search engine form the list below the checkbox.

Further customization

7. To further customize the search string, you can select one of the search engines in the Search Engines page.

8. On the Search Engines page, you will see lots of lines that you may or may not understand. You will not need to enter all the information for a search engine, but rather just a small portion. You will see something like this:

&OldSearch?; $search = "Google";
$eng = "http://www.google.com/search?q="; 

9. You see the following line?:

$eng = "http://www.google.com/search?q="; 

10. You will need to copy the part between the quotes. Go to Tools > Web Search > Configure... and Search Engines tab. Click on Add and and paste the part between the quotes.

11. Give it a try. Type something random like "random" or "cat with nine legs" or "ninety-four pickles" into the URL bar and you will see that after a few seconds of trying to resolve the search query as an address, it will skip along to your search engine and display the results for the search query of what you typed in the URL bar.


If you see the pattern in all of this, you could probably come up with your own URLs to use to do your own customized searches.

(This tutorial was originally written by Brian (bst82551) Later updated to version 1.12)


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