It sometimes happens that you cannot find the information you are looking for on a specific search engine. You try different phrases and word combinations but somehow the results are not satisfactory.
The best option at this point is to try another search engine to see if the results are better. It is quite possible to switch manually by entering the url of the new search engine in the address bar and searching there for the desired information.
Update: The Try This Search On script is no longer working and it has not been updated for a while. If you use the Firefox web browser, use the Context Search add-on instead which offers a similar functionality. Instead of displaying links to alternative search engines, it display them when you highlight text and right-click afterwards.
Another alternative is to use the DuckDuckGo search engine instead and its bang syntax to run the same search on different search engines.
Continued: Try This Search On optimizes the process by embedding links to other search engines right into popular search engines such as Google, Bing or Yahoo Search.
The links available are listed at the bottom of the search result page. This behavior can be changed to display them at the top instead. A click loads the results in the same tab, a middle-click in a new tab.
The userscript offers customization options to add or remove links from the default set. The list of search engines depends on the type of search. A general search displays different search engine choices than a shopping or video search.
Search engines are identified by ID. A full list is available on the userscript profile page and the preferences help page.
Search engines are removed by deleting their ID from the preferences. Users need to make sure to include the underscore before and after the ID when deleting or adding search engines from the preferences. Failure to do so can corrupt the full listing so that it becomes useless until the error is corrected.
Try this search on is a handy userscript for Firefox users who sometimes want or need to search on different search engines for a search term.Advertisement
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