What is Site Search
Site Search allows you to directly search any website from within Arc's Command Bar (Command-T)!
Site Search removes the added step of going to a website's landing page (e.g. Amazon.com), before making your search (e.g. "socks").
How to Add a Site for Site Search
Add a Custom Site
Open Site Search settings by:
Hitting Command-T and typing "Site Search", or
Heading to arc://settings/searchEngines.
Scroll to the "Site search" section and click "Add" (see image below).
Add the site's info:
Search engine: this is a custom name for you to choose to easily identify the site. Choose the site's name, like "Twitter", "Youtube", "Amazon", etc
Shortcut: this is a custom shortcut of your choosing. This is the letter or symbol that you'll choose to summon Site Search. One or two letters works best so it's quick. For Youtube, a good one is "yt". For Twitter, try "tw". For Amazon, try "a".
URL with %s in place of query: this one requires precision! Go to the website of your choice and notice the query pattern on the URL.
If you go to Amazon and search for "socks", the URL will look something like this:
You'll notice that the URL before your search term (also called a query) is
Now, simply take that query and add %s as a placeholder!
The result is
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=%s. This is what you'd put in the final field.
Hit Save and you're set!
How to Use Site Search
Once your Site Search has been added, you can start using it in Arc's Command bar (Command-T).
To use Site Search:
Enter the shortcut from the site you want to search
Enter a search term for your site
Site Search Ideas!
Any site you search frequently is perfect! But, some of our team's favorites include: