Search Everything from HIGHLIGHTED word in browser

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Summa Nulla
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Search Everything from HIGHLIGHTED word in browser

Postby Summa Nulla » Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:40 am

Hi
I have over 300 programmes installed on my computer and sometimes I do not remember them all. Sometimes I come across a mention of a programme online and wonder if I have it already or not. i only wish I could highlight a word on a web page and then right-click and select something like "Find with Everything". This then will tell me if the programme about which I am reading is already on my computer or not.

Some may wonder how often I use Everything to do this kind of search and I will say I do this kind of search several times each week. I must copy the name, open Everything and paste to get my answer now. I know it is a simple thing to accomplish what I am asking but it is a little too sophisticated for me to figure out how to do this. I did attempt it once before when I used to use Locate32 but could not make it work. Also the developer did not know how to accomplish it.

This needs to trigger Everything even if the programme is not open and running and place the search term into it and then the result would be displayed right away. Just think how many people can use this function for finding audio and video files or books without having to open other programmes to find them.

Perhaps someone can post the directions so I can do it myself. I know it is not difficult.

Thanks heaps to anyone that can assist.

Win7/64

P.S. It IS true . . .Bob really IS your uncle!

ovg
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Re: Search Everything from HIGHLIGHTED word in browser

Postby ovg » Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:58 am

Script makes Everything search for highlighted text:
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=378&hilit=dat

Summa Nulla
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Re: Search Everything from HIGHLIGHTED word in browser

Postby Summa Nulla » Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:15 pm

Thank you for the swift response. I had a look at what you mentioned and find it is not quite to my liking having to right-click rapidly twice or three times for various things. No, I just want a right-click context menu and a choice there saying "Search Everything".

In Firefox there is an addon called Menu Wizard and I have been trying to get it to do what I want but so far I only have the item listed in the context menu but it is not passing the highlighted word to Everything. I tried with quotes, single and double slashes and of course I use the "%1" after the command. I am pretty sure I am very close but not close enough.

void
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Re: Search Everything from HIGHLIGHTED word in browser

Postby void » Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:08 pm

A third party tool for Firefox would be the way to go.

I tried implementing this a long time ago by sending WM_COPY to the foreground window and pasting the result into Everything.

From memory, earlier versions of Firefox didn't implement WM_COPY and manipulating the clipboard to get the current highlighted word is not the best idea.

WM_COPY should be widely supported now, I could restore the clipboard too, I've added to my TODO list: add an option to copy the current highlighted word into Everything.


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