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    • CommentAuthorga1
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009
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    Hi...

    How do I get shortcuts to work in Google Chrome? As Chrome searches from the address bar, typing a shortcut there just searches on it...

    Thanks

    Graham
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009
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    Don't have a search engine at hand? Well, I have one and found
    http://ohryan.ca/blog/2008/12/10/google-chrome-bypasses-opendns-and-how-to-fix-it/
    • CommentAuthorga1
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009 edited
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    Saw that... doesn't work... It can't really, as Chrome is searching google for the text you type in if it isn't an address.... So you just get a list of search results for <shortcut name>. Found a couple of other suggested work-arounds that didn't work as well!!
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009
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    Too bad! I don't worry, because I would never use Chrome, as I value my privacy.
    A "Chrome" without privacy issues would be http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron.php
    but I didn't find time to test OpenDNS shortcuts with it yet.
    • CommentAuthorga1
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009 edited
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    Trouble is the shortcut issue holds for any browser with search-from-address-bar unless opendns adds a way round - ie spoofed urls...

    For example if your shortcut is foo, entering http://foo/ to get to the shortcut would be fine - if it worked! Instead it returns a dns error - so OpenDNS could fix this??

    The only real privacy solution is to stay offline!

    Cheers...
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009 edited
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    "Trouble is the shortcut issue holds for any browser with search-from-address-bar"

    Oh no, you're wrong, this is all browser configuration:

    FireFox:
    1. Type "about:config" in the address bar.
    2. Filter on "keyword". Find keyword.URL and keyword.enabled
    3. Set keyword.URL = http://guide.opendns.com/?url=
    4. Set keyword.enabled = true

    Internet Explorer:
    http://www.opendns.com/support/article/308
    And enable "Show results in the main window" under "Search from the address bar" (Advanced Internet Options).
    This may work for Chrome/Iron as well, as at least Iron uses many IE settings.

    Edit: And hey, either way, you must have "Apply my shortcuts to this network" enabled at https://www.opendns.com/dashboard/settings/0/advanced - else it indeed may not work...
    • CommentAuthorga1
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009 edited
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    Don't know about IE - wouldn't touch it with a bargepole...

    Thanks for the advance opendns tip. If I stop FF searching with google from address bar then it all does work as per your info - but that's a compromise I shouldn't need to make... I want google as my default search.

    However if forced to do a DNS search opendns should resolve the shortcut but it doesn't. Opendns is a tad too picky at the moment... http://foo ought to work :bigsmile:

    Many thanks for all the info!
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009 edited
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    "but that's a compromise I shouldn't need to make"

    Oh, you have to! How should a dumb FF (or other) browser know what you mean, if you just type "foo" into the address bar. It can be only one of:

    1. A search term - where you have the option to configure for
    1.a. resolving to a shortcut, if configured as of above,
    1.b. Going to a search engine of your choice, to be configured in keyword.URL too.

    2. An incomplete domain name to be completed to www.foo.com (auto-completion)
    (Filter by "fixup.alt" and "urlbar.auto" in "about:config" to get this tuned.)

    3. Directly go to a site related to "foo" (Google's "feeling lucky")
    (Also to be configured in keyword.URL.)
    A releated add-on is available: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search?q=OpenDNS&cat=all

    4. An FQDN or URL, which always would result in NXDOMAIN for "foo", in case of OpenDNS with a redirection to the Guide.

    Therefore you MUST tell the browser what only one of these option you want it to do! Or (did you see that most browsers separated the search bar from the address bar nowadays?) use the right bar for the right things...
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    SeaMonkey will search from the address bar, and shortcuts work fine. I don't believe I even had to edit the config.
    • CommentAuthorga1
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009
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    http://foo/ will normally invoke a DNS search... Opendns could resolve it as a shortcut.
    • CommentAuthorrotblitz
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009
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    "http://foo/ will normally invoke a DNS search"
    There is nothing in the world which could be named "DNS search" - such a thing simply does not exist.
    • CommentAuthorga1
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2009 edited
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    Semantics. When writing IP stacks it's a term used. Query if you prefer.
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    I don't think shortcuts should begin with a scheme name (Http) or the ://, if that helps. Not very short then, either.

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