This tutorial is using Firefox, so the instructions may differ based on your browser.
This guide is going to show how you can search your Specify 7 instance right from your URL bar!
Click on the URL bar when you are anywhere within your Specify 7 instance
At the bottom of the list of items, you will see a faint Specify 7 logo with a small green circle and plus in the top right. If you click on this, you can add your current Specify 7 instance as a search engine!
Now when you click on the icon, you will be able to type any search query and it will run your search term through Simple Search inside the application!
If you are interested in having a shortcut to search your Specify 7 instance, you can configure one in your browser’s settings. (For Firefox, go to
about:preferences#searchin your URL bar)
Here I have configured it so that anytime I type
@spin my browser’s search bar, it immediately allows me to search the Specify 7 database.
Quick update showcasing how to set this up in Chrome.
On your computer, open Chrome .
At the top right, click More Settings.
On the left, click Search engine Manage search engines and site search.
Scroll down to the Site Search Section and click on Add.
Fill in the fields as folllows:
“Search engine” field: Enter a label or name for the search engine.
“Shortcut” field: Enter the text shortcut you want to use for the search engine. You can enter the keyword in your address bar to quickly use the search engine.
URL with %s in place of query" field: Enter your domain and the following part after
If you need more help, here is the official documentation offered by Google.
Set your default search engine & site search shortcuts