Google for MSDN help


When I want to look up an API in the .Net Frameworks, or read about some language construct, I look to MSDN as the repository of such information.  But MSDN search is painful, and Google rocks.  So I have this link as a shortcut in my browser:

http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Amsdn.microsoft.com

Yeah, we should feel embarassed about this.  But you should take advantage of it, because it makes you more productive.


Comments (15)

  1. Marty Garins says:

    You can also tweak your registry to search from any address bar.

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearchUrlgm]

    @="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=%s+site%%3Amsdn.microsoft.com"

    " "="+"

    "+"="%2B"

    "%"="%25"

    "&"="%26"

    "#"="%23"

    This will allow you to type:

    gm ‘your search here’

    in any address bar and the browser will open with the search results.

    I wrote a post on my blog awhile ago providing more details.

    http://www.little-garins.com/Blogs/marty/archive/2004/06/17/166.aspx

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