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Selection Search


With this extension you can easily search for text you have selected. When some text is selected you can left click the selected text to get a popup where you can choose a search engine to search with.

In the options page you can customize the look of the menu, which mouse button that should activate the menu, which search engines to show, and a lot of other things.


When you install this extension you will get a warning that this extension can:

“Access your data on all websites.”

This is needed because the code for the popup-menu needs to be added to every website for it to work.


If you want to report a bug/issue, please use the following site:

Alternatively you can use the support section on this site (chrome web store), but I get no notifications about new posts, so I may not notice the message.


Source code:


Some people have asked for ways to make donations to the project. If you want to make a donation you can do so by buying me a coffee:



– Added special search engine marker for sites requiring encodings other than UTF-8. Simply append {SPECIALENCODING} to the end of the search engine url. This enables the feature and the browser should be able to auto detect the correct encoding.

– Possible fix for freezing tabs for searches opened in new foreground tab

– Revert escape feature (}) added in previous release. This broke some search placeholders.

– Added option to open search in new window
– Make it possible to add search url to the submenu root item. If a search url is added it will open when clicking the submenu root item, unless the openall on click option is checked.
– Improved replacement of bracket placeholders ({%s}). If “}” must be used inside the placeholder it can now be escaped using “}”.
– Improved regexp placeholder replace converter. The old “re:” converter still works for backwards compatibility. The new improved converter is called “replace:”, and is documented under “More Variables” at the top of the options page.

– Upgraded to latest jquery version to get latest security fixes

– Fix issue with saving changed settings on options page

– Reverted change in last release to disable double click activator in input elements. Added this as an option instead.
– Added option to hide popup on document scroll event

– Fix icons failing to loading in Chrome 76
– Copy raw selection (preserves whitespace) when using the special COPY search engine
– Disable double click activator in input elements

– Moved data storage from localStorage to to prevent data from getting lost when clearing browser cache (Reported on firefox). Should not change the behaviour of the extension for the user.

– Added regular expression selection converter. See under “More Variables” on options page.
– Added option to turn in-site popup blacklist into a whitelist.
– Improved toolbar popup support for older chrome versions.

– Replace newlines in selection with spaces

– Added option to allow the popup to open when there are newlines in the selection. Only affects the inline popup and toolbar popup.

– Fix bug that prevented sub menus from being dragged/moved on the options page

– Enable the search engine hotkeys even when the inline popup menu is disabled

– Fixed bug where the popup could not be opened with the click activator when the “open on double click” option was active
– Fixed options page reloading when checking the circular menu option

– Fix potential bug on options page when opening the options page with an empty database

– No new features, only internal changes and tweaks for better compatibility with other browsers
– Updated to use newer notifications api for better compatibility with other browsers
– Updated JQuery version
– A firefox version of the extension is now available

– Added optional search suggestions to the toolbar popup
– Fixed some issues with the special COPY and Domain(%s) search engines in the toolbar popup

– Fixed mycroftproject integration. The integration failed to work after mycroftproject switched to use https. (You may get a new warning about the permissions required by this extension, as described above, because the permissions had to be updated to make the mycrof integration load in the
https version of the site.)

– Added toolbar popup when clicking the selection search icon next to the address bar in the upper right corner or chorme. The popup can be enabled/disabled on the options page.

– Disable search hotkeys in inputs/textareas if “Show in inputs and textareas” option is unchecked

– Added raw search engine placeholder which does not encode the selected text before inserting it into the search url

– Fixed bug in context menu where the open all option for a sub menu did not work together with the don’t show menu option

– Added help text about encoding when using POST searches.

– Added support for search engine placeholders with converters. E.g. {%s|upper} and {%s|lower} will tranform the selection to all upper case or all lower case respectively.
– Updated the service url where the search engine icons are loaded from.

– Fixed bug on options page where the content in the some search engine fields (name, search url, icon url) would disappear if the double quote character appeared in any of those fields.

– Made the special “open selected url” search engine (when using only ‘%s’ as search engine to open non-hyperlinked urls in a webpage) use the same settings as other search engines with respect to opening the result in new tab or not.

– Added option to enable auto activator in inputs and textareas

– Some improvements to the save button on the options page
– Auto close search engine options popup on options page when clicking outside page
– Bugfix: Don’t follow the link when clicking on a submenu without the “open all” option enabled

– Added configurable delay for opening the popup when using the auto popup activator

– Make the popup work in older versions of Chrome that don’t support Shadow DOM

– Change to use closed shadow dom for the popup to prevent the websites from beeing able to seeing the search engines a user has installed.
– Added option to allow single search engines to negate the global “open in new tab” option.

– Changed the default popup activation button to left mouse button. This was done because
google is threatening to remove the extension from the web store because they claim it “does not work”.

– Added keyboard hotkeys to activate search engines. (Click wrench next to search engine)

– Added experimental support for cyrillic encoding of the search placeholder. This can be used by using the following placeholder in the url: {%(CP1251)s}

– Added optional auto hiding of the popup if it has not been used after a configurable delay. The setting can be found under the advanced settings in the popup section on the options page.

– Fixed bug in Keyboard+Mouse activator where the popup would trigger without holding the keyboard key when returning to the page after the page lost focus because of certain keyboard shortcuts. (thanks bijancamp on
– Improved icon quality for users with high density display. (thanks to bijancamp on

– Added option to open searches in incognito mode

– Fixed bug where an erroneous colon (:) was added to the end of the HOST_NAME variable when using the context menu search

– Added a blacklist to be able to disable the popup on specific sites

– Fixed POST searches in new versions of chrome.

– Fixed bug introduced in the last release that caused the icons to disappear

– Added option to set a limit on the length of the selection that will activate the popup

– Fix visual bug in search engine list on options page
– Fix bug in context menu when used the “openall” option
– Fix separator alignment in icon only styles
– Added option to sort search engines by usage count

– Fix POST searches which are no linger double urlencoded
– Remove the the {%-s} added in the previouse release which is no longer needed

– Added new placeholder that don’t encode spaces {%-s}

– Added option to show the popup directly without the button when using the auto activator. (thanks to bijancamp on
– Added option to configure how the popup is repositioned when it hits the edge of the window. This can be configured using CSS config options. (thanks to bijancamp on
– Some changes to the circular menu

– Add experimental circular menu

– Treat content editable elements the same as textareas and input elements (thanks to bijancamp on
– Add option to show tooltips when hovering the search engines in the popup
– Fix for sub menus not showing first item when using the “No selection” style

– Add option to position the auto popup button relative to the mouse
– Fix preview of the auto popup button on options page

– Try to reload icons if they don’t load the first time

– Revert the old way where the popup would not open when there was a newline in the selection.
– Prevent the menu from wrapping when the menu hits the edge of the page
– Set default text direction to left to right.

– Fix loading of sub menu icons.
– Fix styling of sub menus. The css has also changed a little bit
so custom styling may need to be updated.

– Fix icon scaling.

– Fix bug in the icon loading introduced in the previous version.

-Big rewrite of a lot of the code. It now uses a shadow DOM to prevent interference to/from the page where the popup is inserted. The code should also be cleaner.
-Fix for extension breaking search in the pdfviewer.
-The way the icons are loaded have changed so there should no longer be warings about unsafe content on https pages. So the option to remove icons from https pages was removed.
-Prevent links from opening when selection is on a link.

-Fix popup preview on options page
-Fix icon alignment

-Allow to run on file:// urls.
-Make copy work in sub menus when open all is clicked.

-Added option to use multiple activators.

-Added possibility to specify if a new tab should be opened in the background or foreground for individual search engines.

-Added additional placeholder “{%+s}” that replaces spaces with +
-Changed the way the search engines are stored to increase the number of search engines that can be synced.

-Add option to disable javascript effects. (Fade in/out of popup menu)

-Add better error message.

-Fixed POST searches.

-Removed unneeded permissions. The tabs and clipboard was not actually needed.

-Added option to modified the position of tabs when opening a new tab.

-Added a COPY option to copy selection to the clipboard. (See under “More variables” on the options page)
-Added an option to open the popup on double click. (Under “Advanced settings”)

-Added CURRENT_DOMAIN as a variable to the icon url. The favicon from the current domain will be used.

-Added synchronization of search engines and settings

-Fix mycroft search
-Update to manifest version 2

-Updated jquery

-Added option to disable the CTRL+ALT+click shortcut for adding search engines. It can sometimes be buggy so if you don’t use it you can now disable it.

-Make the search engines in the popup menu open in background tabs if “Open search in background tab” is checked.
-Added %PAGE_QUERY_STRING and %PAGE_QS_VAR(name) variables. (Only useful for advanced usage)

-Added option to close popup after click on a search engine. You find it under “Popup Menu” at the bottom of “Advanced Settings”.

0.7.6, 0.7.7:
-Changed the way icons are loaded to prevent it from affecting the page load time.
0.7.4, 0.7.5:
-Fixed bug in newer versions of chrome.
-Fixed bug.
-Added option to open all search engines in a submenu.

-Added submenus
-Added separators
If the submenus or separators don’t look correct, you should try to reload
you menu style. You can reload the style by reselecting the style you are using and save.

-Separated the context menu and the popup. They can now be used simultaneously.
-Fixed bug with “Show in inputs and textareas” option, introduced by chrome 11.
-Added more search-url variables: %PAGE_HOST, %PAGE_URL, %PAGE_ORIGIN
-Fix to prevent breaking
-Fix error with export of settings when settings contains special characters.
– Added export and import of settings and search engines
– POST engines should now work a little better and they now also work with the context-menu option.
– Fix for problem with POST engines with Chrome 9.
– Added a new menu activation method. You can now configure a keyboard shortcut + a mouse button to activate the menu. For example Ctrl+left click, Ctrl+Shift+right click etc.

– Fixed failing acid3 test
– Fixed “Insert Image” lab feature in Gmail.
– Changed options styling
-Added option to show the search engines in the context menu (right click menu). It can be changed in the options under “Menu Activation”.
-Its now possible to select text in inputs and textareas and do a search. You have to CTRL+click inside the input or textarea to show the popup.
-Small change to allow opening of urls with the special search engine: “%s”
-It should now work better with sites that use different encodings, but it’s not 100% perfect.
-Added option to remove icons from popup to prevent insecure content warnings.
-It now works better on pages that use frames.
-Search engines that are using the POST method is now supported.
-New search engines can be added by holding ctrl+alt and clicking on the
search input in a form
-The selected text can now be edited in the popup.
-Added reordering of the search engines
-It’s now possible to add search engines from
-Some small changes
-Added option to automatically open menu when text is selected.
-Some other changes and it should work much better now.
-doubleclick selection with left button should work now
-fixed error in version 0.1.4
-Added option to open search in new tab
-Now it works better when text is selected with double click (but only when middle click is used to activate menu)
-Added some predefined styles in the options page
-Changed how the custom css is added

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