The Internet in a Single Command Line

By on February 25, 2004

There’s a new version out of Dave’s Quick Search Deskbar, which is a terrific addon toolbar for your Windows taskbar.

Dave’s Quick Search Deskbar is a tiny textbox that Dave Bau designed for search hounds with weary mouse-fingers. Unlike the Google Toolbar, this little deskbar lets you launch searches without starting a web browser first, directly from your Windows Explorer Taskbar.

It works by prefixing your query with different commands to activate different searches. If you just enter a term and hit enter, a browser will pop up with the results of that search on Google. Want to search for your fedex package? ‘fedex 1928384950’. Movies? ‘imdb Maltese Falcon’. Netcraft? ‘httpd’. There are a ton of built-in searches, plus you can add your own. I added one to search the intranet phone directory at my office. Extremely handy.



  1. I took the time to configure this today, and, man, is it worth it. You can use it to run commands that you would normally to Start > Run for. Command line., calculator, etc. Not mention the search sites: Wikipedia, the local phone book, etc.

    Very, very much worth your time to set this up.

  2. It’s definitely one of those things that seems like a pain at first, but becomes more useful the more you use it. At first you forget it’s there, but as you use it more you’ll start to miss it if it’s not.

  3. Did you know it’s a calculator too? I meant to type “calc” in the field to run the Windows calculator, but I slipped and typed the actual calculation instead. To my amazement, it did the calculation and displayed the result.

  4. how can i get help isntalling daves quick search deskbar when I get a error message:can’t install hook

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