DEC
10
2004

TUX Magazine: Konqueror Web Shortcuts

I'm a two browser kind of guy. Somewhere, on one of my virtual desktops, I always have a copy of Firefox open. On another, I have Konqueror. Both of these are incredibly capable browsers with their own strengths, strengths which are unique to both and which, as a result, leave me running two different browsers all the time. Intrigued? Read more in this brief article at TUX Magazine.

Comments

You can get this in Firefox too ... if you're using Windows and are willing to go through a bit more pain that is. They are called protocol handlers in the Windows world and I just added 1 the other day so I can do stuff like 'msdn:System.String' in IE or Firefox and search the msdn site for System.String etc. A nice break away from my day job really.

You first add 3 keys to the registry that detail the name of the protocol (msdn) and the program to be invoked. Then you write your wrapper program that is invoked when the url is entered. This wrapper program will then spawn off an ie process that hits msdn and magic happens. In case anyone really wanted to know ...


By jesse at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

The greatest part is that you can type alt+f2 and enter "gg:"
and look on google without pressing a single mouse button and without an open browser
window.
Nothing beats integration/an integrated environment :)
I miss that feature everywhere (gnome/windows/...)


By dwt at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Me too, I look forward to 3.4 with its GMail support so I can drop Firefox. I'm not a big fan of having to use a seperate text box for Google searching.


By Ian Monroe at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

> I'm not a big fan of having to use a seperate text box for Google searching

It´s damn hard then :
right click on firefox´s toolbar, click on "customize", drag and drop the search box on the dialog window, use "google yoursearch" in the url bar, Et voilà ! You have your internet keywords like in konqueror.

Need to add another internet keyword ? Not a problem, go to http://dict.leo.org/ type a word in the box, do a right click on the box, select "add an internet keyword for this search" (use eg. dict), and you have your german/english translator as easy as typing "leo word" in the url bar.

So long for the firefox bashing !


By jmfayard at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Not every alternate opinion is "bashing". Chill.


By Leo S at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Possibly OT, but can you tell me how to do the same thing in konqueror? I can't seem to get rid of the google search box as it's not actually listed when I right click on the toolbar, even though I can get rid of the actual location bar the google text bar stays.


By mikeyd at Sun, 2004/12/12 - 6:00am

Did you try to change the "Location Toolbar "?


By Anonymous at Sun, 2004/12/12 - 6:00am

Ah, no, thank you.


By mikeyd at Sun, 2004/12/12 - 6:00am

Why wait 3.4? I'm already using it with >=3.3.1


By Davide Ferrari at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

GMail fixes in KHTML are part of the just released 3.3.2, no need to wait for 3.4.


By ac at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

They are? I still get a "Your browser's cookie functionality is turned off. Please turn it on." error...


By John SUSE Freak at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Stupid question, have you turned cookie's on for the site? :-) Or try using another browser id string.


By Morty at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Opssssss! Damn, why had I blocked cookies for google... guess my remark was the stupid one... :)


By John SUSE Freak at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Doesn't work for emails with attachments though :-/
Guess I'll report it later at bugs.kde.org


By John SUSE Freak at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

its even better, if you add the commandprompt to the kicker, you just type your gg:searchterms there... no need for alt-F2 :D

and if you set google to your preffered search engine in Konqueror, you dont have to type "gg" in konqi - just a few words, and it'll search the web.


By superstoned at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Now all that konqueror is missing, in my opinion, is the powerful AdBlock addon from Firefox.
That`s perhaps the only reasone why I`m still using Firefox.


By Alex V at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

so try privoxy http://www.privoxy.org/ no url to configure, no more regexp, it's simply works and for everyone... and for konqueror (and firefox) !


By higgins at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Yes, privoxy is not bad, I use it myself.
But how do you maintain your blocklist?

In firefox you can mark an image as ad to be blocked by just clicking.
I see this as a very userfriendly way to do this.


By cm at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Have you tried the "Open New Windows-> Smart" under "Settings->Java&Javascript->Javascript" ? Works like a charm :)


By Rodrigo Fernandes at Mon, 2004/12/13 - 6:00am

I've used junkbuster/privoxy for years and years and years. It's been great. Being a proxy it can to a bunch of things which browsers are only fairly recently supporting (such as referrer and agent tricks). But nothing compares to mozilla/firefox AdBlock for ad blocking. It can (often gracefully) colapse the DOM around the element you are blocking (which makes pages look much better in 95% of cases, rather than a large blank area). The ease of use is excellent (right click). And it can block flash and embedded objects via the gui...

I still use Konq 75% of the time, because it just feels lighter and more responsive (also consistant with my KDE desktop)... but AdBlock sure is nice in mozilla.


By x at Sun, 2004/12/12 - 6:00am

i agree with you, and i think a Adblocker would be great
but i want to use only one browser, and konqueror is perfect for me
i must say that i've never try the adblocker from firefox :)
for me the advantage of privoxy is that there is nothing more to do after installation.


By higgins at Mon, 2004/12/13 - 6:00am

I have to use Firefox more, because with KDE 3.3 Konqueror updated the right click menu.

You can no longer right click on an image and that way simply save it.
You can no longer right click on a link and that way simply copy the link to the clipboard.

This is really lame in my oppinion. Is this considered "usable" by usability teams? How is this considered usable or how does something like this creep in?


By Leverkusen at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

> You can no longer right click on an image and that way simply save it.

FUD, works here.

> You can no longer right click on a link and that way simply copy the link to the clipboard.

FUD, works here.

> This is really lame in my oppinion. Is this considered "usable" by usability teams?

The troll attempts here are lame too.


By Anonymous at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

>You can no longer right click on an image and that way simply save it.
>You can no longer right click on a link and that way simply copy the link to >the clipboard.

Can someone confirm this is true? :(

Have you filed a bug with Bugzilla?


By ac at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

All of those work here


By John SUSE Freak at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

The right-click has not change!
Check your configuration files and kde .desktop files


By karim at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Huh? I'm using Konq with 3.3.1 and I can right-click save. What are you talking about?

(my right click image attached... translations to english in red)


By Coolvibe at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Whoops... of course I have to attach it :P


By Coolvibe at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

I don't know which version of Konqueror you are using, but I'm using Konqueror 3.3.2 and the options are still there in the right click menu.

> You can no longer right click on an image and that way simply save it.

Wrong. Right click + Save Image As...

> You can no longer right click on a link and that way simply copy the link to the clipboard.

Wrong. Right click + Copy Link Address


By Ingo Klöcker at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

I am using KDE 3.3, and both context menu entries are there.

Which distribution do you use?


By falonaj at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

It's good to see I am WRONG!

But seriously, my right click menu looks like this: http://members.rott.chello.nl/cplanken/s12.png

It looks like that wherever I click, on a link or an image, anywhere. And the "Copy To>" stuff in there always means (in my case) you are copying the entire web page.

I use Debian unstable (pure debian), normal updating, nothing fancy, no errors with updating etc. I once installed this Debian when KDE 3.1 was the latest, never cleaned my profiles etc. Never had any problems.

It says Konqueror 3.3.1 Using KDE 3.3.1

Good to see that I was wrong, but how to fix this for me then?


By Leverkusen at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

To see if I could fix it, I updated the entire boc with apt, then I added a new users and started KDE, to see if a fresh KDE setup and system update would fix it.

It did not, see attached file. It has been like this for me since 3.3.

Not wanting to FUD, just telling you what I see.


By Leverkusen at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Very strange. I'm also using Debian unstable, and it works just fine.. Maybe, as another poster suggested, try temporarily moving your .kde folder and letting KDE recreate it.

Problems like this always disturb me.. It seems like it happens a lot that something in .kde gets corrupted and royally bungs up peoples' KDE installations. Why does this happen so often?


By Leo S at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

As I mentioned (with typos), I created a new user (adduser) and started KDE fresh to try a clean fresh KDE, and even then the problem is still here.

What could this be?


By Leverkusen at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

the main problem with Firefox or IE ecc. under Windows is always not the Browser (to me it is irrelevant) but the PDF-plugin. Arobat Reader is incredibly slow and buggy.

I am waiting for a fast PDF solution. KPDF looks vielversprechend.


By gerd at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

It depends. Some pdf-viewers works fast. I think the fastest pdf-viewer i have seen, is xpdf. Kghostview is an good option as well: It seems to be nice and more advanced, and it integrates well in Konqueror.


By Amund at Thu, 2006/06/29 - 5:00am

Don't mean to start a flamefest or anything, but I'm honestly curious. It seems that Opera, Konqueror, and Firefox all have this feature. Does anyone know who actually invented it?


By Gábor Lehel at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Ehm..you are talking about what...?
If you mean tabbed browsing, I think it was invented by the Opera guys. If you mean something else, I dont know :)


By Davide Ferrari at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

Web shortcuts. In Opera you can type 'g something or other' to google search, and similarly for various other kinds of searches. Konqueror also has this, and apparently, Firefox does too. Which was first?


By Gábor Lehel at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

I know that Konq had it since the 2.x days. Dunno who thought of it though. Care to step forward? I don't really feel like digging in the cvsweb :)


By Coolvibe at Fri, 2004/12/10 - 6:00am

IE through TweakUI.

Firefox through "right click->add a keyword for this search".

Am I missing something?


By uhhh at Sat, 2004/12/11 - 6:00am

maybe they copied it from konqueror?


By ac at Sat, 2004/12/11 - 6:00am

Yeah. You are missing that this is a KDE web site, so they publish tips on how to use kde software. You can do it in IE and Firefox too. Are you saying tips on how to use KDE software shouldn't be published if other programs have the same functionality? That would make it trick to learn to use Konqueror. Or perhaps you're saying every KDE top needs to be printed along with the same tip for every other browser. But then you would probably want to call your web site "Browsertips.com" or something like that.


By Scott at Sun, 2004/12/12 - 6:00am