One of the cool features in LaunchBar is the search template. Using search templates, you can quickly perform a search of a wide variety of sources with just a few keystrokes. For example, built-in to LaunchBar are search templates for almost 50 different kinds of searches. You can also extend the default search templates by adding your own – for any web site that has a search URL into which you can drop the search term.
As an example, I’ve added a search template for Yahoo! News that allows me quickly to search for a news story:
When you add that search template to LaunchBar’s index (the * indicates where the search string should be inserted) and the search template is invoked (by typing CMD-Space followed by YN), LaunchBar then prompts me for the search string, I enter it, hit return and a new browser tab opens with the search results from Yahoo! News. Very cool!
Here are some other search templates I’ve added to LaunchBar:
Amazon Kindle Book Search:
Google – I’m Feeling Lucky Search:
New York Times Archive Search:
O’Reilly Media Search:
Payments News Search:
SEC Edgar Search:
SJL Blog Search:
I use these search templates multiple times each day, appreciating their saving me time and keystrokes every time I use one!