Almost. The default search engine is Google, but that can be changed in Preferences. The webpage URL bar and the keyword search field are one and the same so entering a keyword to search is easy, and changing the default search engine isn’t exactly difficult. This free utility makes it easier.
Add Keyletters To Keywords
One of my favorite Safari extensions is the free Safari Keyword Search. What it does to enhance web searches is little short of brilliant.
Safari Keyword Search adjusts the URL address bar (which is where you normally search Google) and adds keyword options to the keyword search. Here’s the standard way to select a different search engine in Safari.
Changing the default search engine in Safari requires you to open Preferences, select the Search tab option, then select the search engine you want to use, then close Preferences, and begin the search.
Safari Keyword Search makes those steps go away and replaces them with a single letter or two, which I call keyletters. Choose from multiple search engines, including Amazon, DuckDuckGo, eBay, iMBD, StackOverflow, Wikipedia, WolframAlpha, YouTube, as well as Google (or whatever default search engine you setup in Safari), and DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com.
Add a keyletter to the keyword search like this. a: iPhone cases, or e: tsumtsum, or w: elvis presley.
- a: amazon.com
- d: duckduckgo.com
- down: downforeveryoneorjustme.com
- e: ebay.com
- g: google.com
- gl: google.com (“I’m feeling lucky”)
- gm: maps.google.com
- imdb: imdb.com
- so: stackoverflow.com
- w: en.wikipedia.org
- wa: wolframalpha.com
- y: youtube.com
That extra letter, the keyletter, tells Safari Keyword Search to use a specific search engine. The free Safari extension has other options, too, including the ability to add your own search engine or edit the defaults. It’s a sweet and easy way to speed up search engine searches while increasing the list of options.