Yahoo Open Shortcuts

Use custom keywords from the convenience of any Yahoo Search box to

  1. How do I use it?

    Type an ! (exclamation point) followed by the name of the shortcut in the Yahoo Search box.

    !shortcut_name

    Examples:

    !my to navigate to "http://my.yahoo.com"
    !wsf to search "weather san francisco" on Yahoo

    For shortcuts that search favorite sites or start an Internet application, you can also type optional term(s) after the shortcut name.

    !shortcut_name term(s)

    Examples:

    !ebay lamps to search for "lamps" on Ebay
    !mail bill@yahoo.com to send email to "bill@yahoo.com"

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  2. Do you have some shortcuts that are ready to use?

    These popular shortcuts are available for immediate use:


    Navigation
    !clist http://www.craigslist.org/
    !my http://my.yahoo.com/
    !mysp http://www.myspace.com/
     
    Search
    !amazon http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/external-search?mode=blended&keyword=%s
    !audio http://audio.search.yahoo.com/search/audio?p=%s
    !ebay http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?satitle=%s
    !flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/%s/
    !image http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?p=%s
    !news http://news.search.yahoo.com/news/search?p=%s
    !php http://www.php.net/%s
    !shop http://search.shopping.yahoo.com/search?cop=mss&p=%s
    !video http://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?p=%s
    !wiki http://en.wikipedia.org?search=%s
     
    Application
    !note http://notepad.yahoo.com/?v=161&DESC=%s
    !mail http://compose.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?login=1&To=%s
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  3. How do I create my personal shortcuts?

    To create a navigational shortcut, use the keyword: !set with your shortcut name and destination URL.

    !set shortcut_name URL

    Example:

    To create a shortcut named "ff" to go to Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football,
    Type: !set ff http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f2


    To create a common search shortcut, use the keyword: !set with your shortcut name and the query.

    !set shortcut_name query

    Example:

    To create a shortcut named "watx" to search Yahoo for "weather austin texas",
    Type: !set watx weather austin texas


    To create a shortcut that searches a favorite site or starts an Internet application, use the keyword: !set with your shortcut name and the destination URL. Within the URL, substitute the query term(s) with the "%s" placeholder.

    !set shortcut_name URL_%s

    Example:

    To create a shortcut named "yf" to search stock quotes on Yahoo Finance,
    Type: !set yf http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=%s


    If you prefer a form to create a personal shortcut, please use the Create Open Shortcuts page.

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  4. How do I manage my Open Shortcuts?

    You can use the following keywords to view and edit shortcuts:

    !list Lists all your personal shortcuts and defaults
    !unset Removes shortcut_name from your list of shortcuts. For example, "!unset watx" would delete the shortcut defined above.
    !help Displays Open Shortcuts Help page
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  5. Is there search meta word trigger?

    Yes, use shortcut: instead of ! (exclamation point) to trigger Open Shortcuts.

    Examples:

    shortcut:my to navigate to "http://my.yahoo.com"
    shortcut:ebay lamps to search for "lamps" on Ebay
    shortcut:mail bill@yahoo.com to send email to "bill@yahoo.com"
    shortcut:set ff http://football.fantasysports.yahoo.com/f2 to create a shortcut to Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football
    shortcut:list to lists all your personal shortcuts and defaults

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  6. Can I name Open Shortcut the same name as a default shortcut?

    Yes, default shortcuts names can be overwritten.

    For example, if you would like the my shortcut name to go to another Internet or Intranet site, you can set it to do so. Your personal shortcut will be used instead of the default shortcut.

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  7. I'd like to provide feedback about Yahoo Open Shortcuts. Who do I tell?

    We'd love to hear your feedback. Please tell us!. Visit our discussion forum and let us know what you think!

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