September 23, 2004

Firefox and go.warwick

Go.warwick includes short-cuts for all departments and services (and many course codes) at Warwick. But typing (say) in your browser's address bar, while shorter than the full ITS URL, is still more typing than we'd ideally like. Firefox to the rescue; specifically, custom keywords. If you're a Firefox user, try this:-

  1. Type into your address bar and press enter. You'll get a page with a 400 error on it, but that's okay.

  2. Bookmark this page.

  3. Edit the bookmark properties and give it a keyword of 'go' (without the quotes).

Now you can type any go.warwick short-cut into your address bar as 'go shortcut'. A few examples:-

  • go its
  • go library
  • go maths
  • go law
  • go music
  • go sport
  • go ch149
  • go ec130
  • etc.

If you try a keyword that doesn't take you anywhere useful, let us know and we can add it.

Of course, this trick works with any search engine or data-driven web service. Here's a list of lots of similar keyword searches, ranging from the obvious (Google) to the obscure (Simpsons quote search).

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  1. Steven Carpenter

    Worked for me. I've been experimenting too with the live bookmarks facility to pick up the RSS feeds from blogs.

    23 Sep 2004, 21:34

  2. nice, loving it.

    23 Sep 2004, 21:50

  3. Cool idea. Works really well.

    23 Sep 2004, 22:26

  4. Thanks alot John. I was never familiar with this feature of firefox.

    23 Sep 2004, 22:52

  5. Ah, yes! It's so obvious when you think about it.

    23 Sep 2004, 23:58

  6. James Taylor


    Good old Firefox! :)

    24 Sep 2004, 13:19

  7. Thanks so much for that. I'm a big Firefox fan and find that so many of the features save so much time.

    30 Sep 2004, 23:32

  8. Wow!

    I have just found this, and i thank you so much!

    08 Jun 2005, 13:05

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