Drag & Drop Search: an INNOVATIVE extension that will transform the way you search in Chrome


If you’ve ever right clicked a word or phrase in Chrome, selected ‘Search Google for’ and thought it was a nice, useful way to quickly search Google, then read on; because ‘Drag & Drop Search’ modifies that simple idea to make it an order of magnitude more useful, and to make numerous search services available at your fingertips.

As the name suggests, Drag & Drop Search lets you highlight a word or phrase, then it divides the screen into 12 different dropzones representing 12 different search options (including Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter).

You can then simply drag your text onto the service you want to search. Simple, yet somehow brilliant!

How to use: select a bunch of text (a word or phrase), then start dragging it. The screen will immediately be overlayed with 12 different areas representing different search options; drag your word or phrase onto the service you want, and your search for that text will be performed immediately in a new tab.

Drag and Drop Search

Customization: if you would rather, say, search ‘Freewaregenius’ rather than badiu or whatever, you can go to the options screen and customize the dropzones (see screenshot below)

Drag and Drop Search Dropzones

In this way, you can add all the services or sites you want to search and remove any that you don’t. To find the search URL to add, simply go to the site you want, use it’s searchbox to search for a word, then grab the resulting URL, take the word your searched for out of it (typically it will show as s=word or something like that), and paste that into the ‘URL’ field in the the settings page for Drag & Drop Search.

Drag & Drop Search will even grab the Favicon for any service or site that you add, which is a nice touch.

The verdict

Terrific. This is going on my list of must-have Chrome extensions. It’s not just that it is so original and innovative, but this is such a great practical solution that is badly needed, especially in a world that so needs an alternative to Google’s search dominance (my 2 cents there).

[Thanks to reader Panzer for tipping us off about this great extension]

Get Drag and Drop Search (Chrome).

  • pjj

    Just for the record: such extension has been for years in Firefox, cfr. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/drag-dropzones And while we are at it, here is something really innovative (yet based on a very simple idea): SelectionSK https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/selectionsk

    • Samer Kurdi

      @ pjj: thanks for the links. I never knew that there was such an extension for Firefox!

  • coldata
  • pjj

    @Samer: would you mind if I add two more? One is Wappalyzer, http://wappalyzer.com/, a service that can identify (better than Google, mind you!) software a website you’re visiting is running; it is open source and has extensions for Fx and Chrome. The other is f.lux — I would swear I read about it on your site, but the searchbox tells me it doesn’t know about it; strange. F.lux “makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.” It is free and it is brilliant.
    @coldata: thank you! I happen to use similar thing, namely Organize Search Engines https://firefox.maltekraus.de/extensions/organize-search-engines

  • J.L.

    I believe Selection Search is better, because it includes context menu and pop-up search (with checkboxes for each), and it’s much easier adding search engines (Mycroft support and own click searchbox method).


    Sorry i may have missed something… why does it only search the first word of a phrase and not the whole phrase?


      never mind….

  • Nolon

    Ah I see how this works now. I actually figured out you can search Google by highlighting a word and dragging it to the search, but it’s faster to right click search. Although I like this idea too.