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I'm looking to imitate the functionality of Firefox's keywords in Safari. That is, I want to be able to type wp Apple in the address bar, and Safari should go to the Wikipedia article on Apple. I found a Sourceforge project, SafariKeywords, which does just this, but it was last updated in 2004 and doesn't work on Intel-based Macs.

Does the latest version of Safari have this functionality built in and I just didn't find it, or is there something like SafariKeywords I can use, or is this just a feature I'll have to live without?

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I understand this is an older thread, but for the next person who comes along, I recommend taking a look at Safari Keyword Search. It is a Safari extension that adds exactly what you are looking for.

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Thanks for checking in - I've marked your answer as read since indeed it's what I was looking for! I've since stopped using Alfred and Safari (I've been a Chrome user for many months now). :) – Ricket Aug 25 '12 at 3:03

I don't nkow if this is what you're looking, but this feature exists on Alfred. It's also on the Mac App Store. And did I mention it's free?

alfred app screenshot

It's basically a spotlight replacement with a few twists. With it you can set custom searches for any site you want: alfred app preferences

The main advantage is that you can search from anywhere you want, you don't have to be on Safari.

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Alfred, or another app launcher is a great option.

However, if you want to do this without hopping to another application, you can use a text expansion utility. That way, you type wp and it converts to Then, you just have to type in your query and hit enter. This can be done with 10.6's built-in text replacement tool.

Go to the Language and Text System Preferences pane. Choose the Text tab. Click the plus button to create your new substitution rule.

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SafariStand is a SIMBL plugin has this feature. They call it QuickSearch.

For your Wikipedia example (which I also use) you would add this search:

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This is what I use as well. It works great. – Dori Jan 15 '11 at 7:27

I ended up installing Alfred as was suggested, and I've come to like it! But I completely understand those of you who don't want to install a Spotlight alternative. I found a Safari plugin called Keywurl which I think is exactly what I was looking for. I have not given it a try but the description fits the bill perfectly.

Also, if you give Keywurl a try with the latest Safari 5, you may have problems which this blog post has addressed.

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There is also an ad-blocking proxy called GlimmerBlocker that I have used to do this. However, while this gives you "two plugins in one", GlimmerBlocker occasionally has problems with new versions of Safari on Snow Leopard.

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