Looking for a quicker way to search the web in Firefox and Chrome? Find something interesting but don’t want to copy and paste it into the search bar?
Here are two extensions that let you search the web just by dragging and dropping highlighted terms.
For Firefox, Drag and DropZones creates a transparent overlay grid where you can drag and drop search terms and run the search immediately without any copying, pasting, or typing.
Simply highlight any term and drag to reveal the overlay. Then, drag the highlighted term to the appropriate box (labeled by search engine) and drop it there. The search will be performed in a new tab.
This also works with dragging links and images, although images will return a blank search since there’s no text.
Drag and DropZones has several configurable options including up to 100 different drop zones. The zones will dynamically resize according to your window size.
You can also add context menu actions to the drop zones and even replace the right click context menu entirely.
Chrome users can use an extension called Drop and Drop Search.
It works in exactly the same way as the Firefox version. Simply drag any highlighted term and drop it into the appropriate box.
There are 16 different drop zones that can be configured from the extension options.
It should be noted that by default, the Google search is configured to use the Singapore version (google.com.sg), so be sure to adjust accordingly.
What do you think of these two drag and drop extensions? Have a better search tool to suggest? Share with us in the comments.