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Windows 7: NOW, How do I "Create Your Own Search Provider" in IE8?

18 Jan 2012   #11

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Thanks for asking. I want to add Several search providers, but I will start with: World Time Engine - Current Local Time Right Now

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18 Jan 2012   #12


That's not a search engine, it's an information page with a fixed internal database.

As far as I am aware you cannot add such a site as a public search provider, because it isn't one.

I'd suggest you search for a world time desktop gadget :)
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18 Jan 2012   #13

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Thanks for responding, but, the purpose of "Create your own Search provider" is to do exactly what I am trying to do. That is, use this specific site's search engine with one point of entry and one key click within IE8 search window.
I have been using this tool for years with other sites that are just like worldtimeengine... IE: these sites aren't search engines per se, but have search engines integrated into the site. Trust me. this feature works as advertised. For an overview, please see the C-NET article posted on my 1st entry.
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18 Jan 2012   #14

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Can anyone tell me if there is a work around to get to the "Create Your own Search Provider" page? It used be accessed at this link: Internet Explorer Gallery
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18 Jan 2012   #15


The simple workaround is to use a world clock, or have the site on your favourites bar perhaps.

It doesn't meet the criteria of internet search engine and therefore won't appear in the options to add to iE8, and whilst I sympathise with the frustration you're experiencing I do not see a solution.

In technical terms because the site does not create a varying url string for varying search criteria it cannot even be added to other browsers, like Opera for instance, as a search provider.

You may be trying to pin down something that simply won't prove possible
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19 Jan 2012   #16


Yes, actually there's a very good work-around that works for IE8 and IE9 as well. And using it, you can have ONE Search Provider or MULTIPLE Search Providers that you can access with one click! It's all done through the 'Home' link on the Command Bar.

First, if you don't already have your Command Bar enabled and/or don't have your 'Home' link enabled, you'll need to customize the IE Command Bar:
Open IE, click on View, Toolbars, and check the Command toolbar. Then, to customize the Command toolbar, put your cursor on the toolbar, right-click, and then at the bottom of the list, select Customize. Click on: "Add or Remove Commands.' From the list of commands, add the 'Home' icon.

Then, go to the website that you wish to add to your Home Page settings.
From that website, open IE, and on the Command Bar go to the Home link and click the little down-arrow 6 to the right of the Home link.
Select Add or Change Home Page.
A menu will open that says: Would you like to use the following as your home page?
If you wish to add this Search Provider's home page to a list of “Home pages” then click: Add the webpage to your Homepage tabs.
If you wish this webpage to be your only Search Provider, then click: Use this webpage as your only homepage.

Once done, any time you click on the Home icon, a drop down menu will open and you can click on the Search Provider's website link and go directly to that page. I have 6 links in my Home menu --- it's kind of like a mini QuickAccess toolbar. Very handy, and you can change any of them easily any time you wish.

Here's some additional information:
How to Add or Change the Home Page in Internet Explorer
How to Open Only the First or All Home Pages when Internet Explorer Starts
How to Have Multiple Home Pages for Pinned Sites in IE9
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06 Mar 2012   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

gcd - I believe I understand what you're looking for.

Internet Explorer used to allow you to add a search engine by typing "TEST" into a web site's search field and then use the resulting URL as the basis for the new search provider. Is that correct?

Here is a link to a page that allows you to do this: - IE7 Search provider builder

I hope this helps.
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17 Jun 2012   #18

Windows XP Pro 32 bit

@ pcraine

Yes! Brilliant! This is exactly what I was looking for. I am using IE 8, and I wanted to put in WebCrawler in the list of search engines in the search box over on the right. This did it perfectly.

Note: This works for IE 7 and 8. I have not tested it, but it should work for IE 9 and 10.

Thanks for the link.
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