How to Search Just the Site You’re Viewing Using Google Search

Have you ever wanted to search the site you’re viewing, but the built-in search box is either hard to find, or doesn’t work very well? Here’s how to add a special keyword bookmark that searches the site you’re viewing using Google’s site: search operator.

This technique should work in either Google Chrome or Firefox—in Firefox you’ll want to create a regular bookmark and add the script into the keyword field, and for Google Chrome just follow the steps we’ve provided below.

Creating a Site Specific Search in Chrome

Right-click anywhere on the Chrome location bar and choose “Edit Search Engines”, and then click the Add button.

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Now give the search engine a name and a unique keyword—you’ll want to make sure that it’s totally unique and unlikely to be used anywhere else in a URL, which makes it easier to use. I’m using “gs” as the keyword.

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Now the important part—put the following into the URL box.

javascript:location.href='http://www.google.com/search?q=site:'+window.location.hostname+'%20%s';

Now once you saved the search engine, you can use the Ctrl + L shortcut key to highlight the location bar text, and type “gs” into the bar. You’ll notice the text on the right-hand side tells you to “Press Tab to search gs”. So press Tab.

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Now just type in whatever you’d like to search the site for…

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And there you are, a site: search using Google for the site that you’re currently viewing.

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The great thing about this is that it works for any site—here’s an example of searching Lifehacker.

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Thanks to the Lifehacker commenter Revolutions for the original idea, which we very slightly modified.

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