Archive for the 'Internet Explorer' Category

Removing the Links folder from Internet Explorer Favourites

Does it irritate you that Internet Explorer insists on showing you its Links folder in your Favorites (I know, American spelling but that’s just how Microsoft make it)? Sure, you can remove the Links toolbar by simply right-clicking an area of the Internet Explorer toolbar and de-selecting it from the popup menu.

However, the Links folder will still appear in your Favorites menu. You should NOT just delete this folder as it can cause problems. Instead:

  1. Open your Favorites menu and right-click the Links folder
  2. Select Properties from the popup menu
  3. Click the check box to make the folder hidden
  4. Click on OK and close Internet Explorer

Next time you look in your Favorites menu there will be no Links folder!

Site search javascript booklet

You may have heard of a booklet or bookmarklet. These are simply snippets of javascript that are saved as bookmarks. They allow you to run a script within the context of the web page you are currently visiting. The following code allows you to perform a site specific search using Google’s search engine. Simply create a bookmark or favourite and replace the address contents with the following code:

javascript:Qr=prompt(‘Search%20site%20for’,”);if(Qr)location.href=’http://www.google.com/search?&q=site:’+encodeURIComponent(window.location.hostname)+’+’+escape(Qr)

Just copy and paste it all in one line, there are no line breaks or spaces anywhere in this script. Give the booklet an appropriate name, I call mine SiteSearch just because it makes sense to me. Now, when you are on any web page, select this booklet and you will be presented with a dialog box asking what to search for. Enter the text you are interested in, hit OK and Google will return the results for that site and that site only. This works with any javascript enabled browser including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Opera.