I use Maxthon as my default browser and it has this cool feature for using keywords. For example to search google I just type g and the search word in the address bar and hit enter. What I never released though was that you could do the same thing using IE until I read this post by Jamie Buckly a Program Manager on MSN Search. I tried it and it works!
We’re always looking for ways to give you search results faster. The popular Desktop Search Shortcuts from MSN Desktop Search are good examples of this. On a related note, Internet Explorer (5.0 and above) has a little known feature that lets you quickly search for something on any site: IE Search prefixes.
After the search prefixes are set up, you can type a single word identifier (prefix) and search query in the IE address bar to send the query to any website. For example, the prefix “msn” can go to MSN Search and typing “msn chicken fried rice” in the IE address bar sends the query “chicken fried rice” to our web search.
This script installs the search prefixes below to your machine. The “Alternate” column lists additional prefixes to launch the same query (e.g. “images corvette” and “image corvette” both do the same thing).
If you want to add prefixes for other websites, try the Microsoft Tweak UI utility for Windows XP. There are also a few shareware tools compatible with older versions of Windows. Enjoy!