Chrome search shortcuts make it easier to search WordReference
Imagine typing wr support, fren bonjour or itconj amare directly in the URL bar to load the corresponding WordReference dictionary entry or verb conjugation table. Search shortcuts make that possible. You will need to create a separate shortcut for each dictionary you use, assigning a unique "keyword" to each one.
Set up search shortcuts in your Chrome desktop browser in four easy steps.
- Which dictionary or conjugator do you want to use in your shortcut? Select your dictionary:
- Right-click the URL bar and choose "Edit search engines..." *Mac users should Ctrl-click if they cannot right-click.
- At the bottom of the "Other search engines" section, fill in the form as follows:
- Add a new search engine: type a descriptive name for your search, e.g., WR English definition.
- Keyword: type wr (or enen for English definitions). If you set up shortcuts for multiple dictionaries, remember that each one needs a unique keyword.
- URL: copy and paste the following address into the URL field. Your customized shortcut: www.wordreference.com/redirect/translation.aspx?w=%s&dict=enen
- Click Done and close the Settings tab.
Using your new shortcut:
Examples wr fast enfr easy
Click in the URL bar and type your keyword from step 3, followed by the term or phrase you want to look up. Press Enter to launch your search in the corresponding dictionary or conjugator.
To delete a search shortcut, repeat step 1 to open your search engine settings. Hover your mouse over the dictionary shortcut that you want to delete. An X will appear at the end of the highlighted line. Click the X to remove the shortcut.
Note: if you click the customized shortcut URL in step 3, you will see a page that says "Bad Request - Invalid URL." Your customized shortcut link is not meant to be clicked; it only serves to let you create a new search shortcut. Copy and paste it into the "other search engines" dialog box as described in the instructions.
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