Search For Selected Text In Search Engines

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 29, 2009
Updated • Dec 10, 2012

What do users normally do if they want to research a phrase that they have read in a text, Word or Excel document, on a website or in a user agreement of a program that they are installing? The usual answer is that they copy the phrase, open their favorite web browser, load the a search engine and start the search for the phrase.

Search Selected makes the process easier by enabling a global hotkey that will automatically launch a search for the selected phrase. Global hotkey means that search can be launched from any application in Windows where text can be selected.

Search Selected runs silently in the background until the keyboard shortcut [CTRL Shift C] is activated. The tool will automatically launch a search for the selected search phrase in Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The only option that is offered by the program is a selection of search engines including Google Search, Bing or Yahoo Search.

The only aspect of the program that some users might not like is the fact that searches are opened in Internet Explorer with no option to change the web browser. This happens even if Internet Explorer is not the default web browser.

The background process is lightweight and uses less than 5 Megabytes of computer memory. Users who are interested in the software program can download it from the developer's website.

Update: The Search Selected program appears to be no longer available. The developer site is not reachable anymore and third party download portals do not seem to host the program as well. I'm unfortunately not aware of a comparable program that can help you find results faster. Guess it is back to copying and pasting text into the web browser again.



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  1. Manrico Corazzi said on September 1, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Hi; if you have AutoHotKey installed you can do that with a simple script:

    ; ————————————————————-
    ; search selected text
    clipboardBackup = %clipboard%
    Send ^c
    clipboard = %clipboardBackup%

    You select the text, press CTRL+WIN+G and the search starts.
    It uses your default web browser, among other things.

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