winSsearch – Windows key + S runs instant web search from anywhere in Windows

winSsearch is a tiny Windows utility for instant web searches. It automatically copies the highlighted text in the current window, switches to your browser and does a new search.

  • Download and run winSsearch.exe
  • Select some text anywhere (on your Desktop, in Microsoft Word etc)
  • Press Windows logo key + S
  • Your web browser runs the search

Tip: copy winSsearch.exe to your Startup folder in your Start menu so that it’s aways running.

Example screenshots:

Select text in Word

Select text in Word

 

Select text on the command line
Or select text somewhere else

 

Search results
Win-S switches to your browser and runs the search

This saves me about 10 seconds on every search I do. In my case that adds up to quite a lot of time in a day. Google is your friend!

What do you think?

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5 Responses to winSsearch – Windows key + S runs instant web search from anywhere in Windows

  1. Kevix says:

    Looks very neat. How do I download it? I have IE7 and no matter what I try I cannot seem to download this to try it out. Some kind of SNAP thing keeps interfering, I think.
    -K-

  2. Will Moffat says:

    Hi Kevix, I disabled SNAP and fixed another problem with my web server. Could you try downloading again? Let me know what you think.

  3. […] winsSearch – Tiny, free Windows application that lets you search with a simple keystroke. Just highlight the word or phrase, hit the ‘Windows’ and ‘S’ key simultaneously, and you can perform a Google search from anywhere within Windows. […]

  4. kevin says:

    perfect tool

  5. Emil says:

    Windows + S interferes with the Microsoft Office OneNote shortcut for [S]creen clipping. Consider using another shortcut.

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