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I'm talking about the field accessible with command+L, then Tab.

I search Google a lot.

On Windows and Linux this is usually accessible with Ctrl+K.

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The menu for this is hidden under Edit > Find > Google Search…. The shortcut is Option+Command+F.

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Sidenote: This works in Google Chrome and Firefox as well. – daviesgeek Apr 28 '12 at 5:30
Personally, I find the ⌘L ⇥ no hardship to type at all. Using two modifiers at once requires more contortions of the fingers, while the tab key lies comfortably close to my left little finger. Plus, it's one less key combination to remember. (But my brain is getting old. YMMV.) – Harald Hanche-Olsen Apr 28 '12 at 8:27
Safari has started to get slightly choppy while scrolling. Rather than start deleting cache files and whatnot in an attempt to fix that, I'm going to see if Firefox and Chrome offer a better browsing experience. The upshot is Command+K works for going to google search on Firefox! On Chrome, the omnibar works as search. – Steven Lu May 1 '12 at 4:28

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