Search In Browser 1.0

Safari exports a service to run a Google search on selected text. This supports multiple engines and your preferred browser.


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What is it?

Someone on the MacWorld forums was annoyed that the “Search With Google” command he found in Mail used Safari instead of his preferred browser. Of course, the explanation is that it’s not a service provided by Mail but by Sfari itself; it just shows up in context menus via Mac OS X’s “Services” feature. Here’s a tool to do search for selected text on several different sites that does support your preferred browser. It’s supported on Mac OS X 10.5 and up, and is native on PPC, and 32- and 64-bit Intel systems.

How do I install it?

Drag the application into /Library/Services, creating that folder if necessary. It’ll probably be available immediately but if it’s not you can just open a terminal window and enter /System/Library/CoreServices/pbs.

How do I use it?

Select text in any application that supports Services. The search command should be available in the global services menu and, depending on the application, may also be shown in any context menu you bring up. You can also modify or add to the list of supported search sites. Documentation is included to tell you how.

How do I support this wonder product?

It’s free, but I happily accept donations if you’re so moved. You can send any amount you feel like via PayPal to or paper mail to:

Greg Weston
PO Box 54
Avon CT 06001