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Search for Selected Text

Highlight text in any web page and search for it on eBay with the click of a button.

So you’ve found an item you like while surfing the web, and it occurs to you that you can probably get it cheaply on eBay. At this point, you’ve learned that you can highlight the name (or model number) of the product on the page, press Ctrl-C to copy it to the clipboard, then go to eBay, paste it into a search box (Ctrl-V), and press Search to look for matching items. If this scenario sounds familiar, you’ll definitely appreciate this shortcut.

Start by creating a new button on your browser’s Links bar [Hack #14] , and naming it “Search eBay” or something similar.

Next, if you’re using Mozilla, Firefox, or Netscape, place this JavaScript code (all on one line) into the button’s location field:


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