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Search Secrets

You can find anything on the Internet, if you know where to look. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 provides several built-in tools that you can use to extract exactly the information you’re looking for from the vast reaches of the Web, as follows:

  • You can type a search term directly into the Address bar. When you do this, Internet Explorer first tries to convert the terms you entered into a Web address (by adding www at the beginning and .com at the end). If this doesn’t work, it sends you to the default search page.

  • You can click Search on the toolbar (or press Ctrl+E) to open the Search Companion. This Explorer bar appears in the left pane of the browser window. You can enter a word, phrase, or question in the Search Companion box, as shown on the next page, and press Enter. The Search results appear in the browser pane on the right. (Note that I’ve turned off the animated screen character here.)

  • You can also configure the Search pane to use Classic Internet Search, shown below, instead of the Search Companion by clicking Change Preferences, then Change Internet Search Behavior. You can choose different types of searches from this pane. The results of your search request appear in the left pane, and Windows doesn’t offer to send your search request to other search engines, as the Search Companion does. You might need to close and restart Internet Explorer to enable the Classic Internet Search pane option the first time.


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