Greg Hopkins, OD
Two of the most popular web browsers today, Google Chrome & Mozilla Firefox, allow you to create custom search engines so that you can quickly retrieve search results from websites that you frequent without having to actually navigate to the site and click within a search field.
Docs with computers in their exam rooms can put these features to use in a multitude of ways. One of my favorite applications of this feature is an instant Google Images search. Anytime I need to quickly show a patient anything, I simply go to the address bar and utilize my custom search keyword for google images “img”.
You can set this up for yourself by performing a search, then copy the search string that results, replacing “%s” for the words you used. Then right click the address bar and select “edit search engines.” Then you can set up your own custom keyword searches.
- Chrome Help: http://bit.ly/q06qH
- Firefox Guide: http://lifehac.kr/pMdTMV
- Extensions: http://lifehac.kr/pDxUzl