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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

More MSN Toolbar Suite Tips

Here's some more MSN Toolbar Suite tips and tricks from Brandon Paddock:
Installing on Windows Server 2003
/c /t: to unpack and then
msiexec /i MsnToolbarSuite.msi TBSDEVCODE=1

More shortcut options:
Type “@” in the bar to see some information about shortcuts you can add.

o If you type “@cmd,=cmd” you can create a shortcut that will open a command prompt when you type “cmd” and press enter.

Custom Searches
You can use the “$w” parameter to specify an input field for your shortcut. For example, you can type @google,http://www.google.com/search?q=$w to create a google query. Then, when you want to run a google search, just type "google something" to search google for “something”.

Furthermore, you can see a list of your current shortcuts by looking in the \Documents and Settings\YourName\Application Data directory for the file MsnDeskbarShortcuts.ini.

Here are some examples:

word= =winword
cmd==cmd
d=http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=$w
g=http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=$w
kb=http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;$w
m=http://beta.search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=$w
rl=http://411.com/search/Reverse_Phone?phone=$w
gg=http://groups-beta.google.com/groups?q=$w

If you find those useful, you can paste them right in to your MsnDeskbarShortcuts.ini file (you may have to reload the toolbar to make them work, not sure).

Add Network Paths
You can add UNC paths to the index list. Thusly, you can search any anonymously accessible network shares, such as \\jonscomputer\music
These are some excellent tips. If you find any more, please submit them.

Previous tips:
MSN Toolbar Suite Tips 12/13/2004
Using the Windows shortcut key
Arranging emails as conversations
Commands using the = key
How To: Remove MSN Deskbar Buttons 12/14/2004

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are great tips, thanks!

One big problem I'm having with MSN is that it doesn't seem to index my archived Outlook email (which sits in a .PST file on my hard drive). I wonder if I were to put the file somewhere under my My Documents folder, it'd pick it up...

Has anyone else seen this problem or figured out a solution?

-- Perry

5:17 PM  
Blogger Nathan Weinberg said...

Just open Outlook. MSN only indexes it while its open.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make sure your archive.pst is open in Outlook's folder list too.

7:00 AM  

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