Adding your own search engines

If you have a basic knowledge of URLs (Internet addresses), you can add your favorite search engines in Turbo Start! Click the Add Engines button on the Turbo Start toolbar to get going.

You need to know 3 things about an engine to add it:

You would already know the name of the engine. Below, we explain with an example how to get its home page address and search address:

Editing your engines

To edit a previously added engine, select it from the list of saved engines. Its values will appear on the left, where you can edit them. Press the Save button to save your changes.

Removing your engines

To remove an engine, select it from the list and click on the Remove button.

Adding / editing categories.

To add categories, type them one category per line in the Add categories box. Press Enter after each category and type the next category in the next line. See the example at right to get an idea.


When you're satisfied with your changes, press OK to save them. You can also reject your changes by pressing Cancel.

Tips:

  1. You can't have more than 20 search engines in any category.

  2. The search address should be in the format shown above, i.e. it must end with the query field of that engine.
    Sometimes, the query value may be in the middle of the address, say, http://search.com/?query=turbo&page=1.
    If it is so, you can extract the query pair and put it at the end, like this: http://search.com/?page=1&query=turbo
    Then remove your keywords so that it becomes http://search.com/?page=1&query=
    Take special note of the & sign - it is a separator between the various name=value pairs

  3. Remember, if you don't get it right the first time - try again. Try changing the code a bit to see if it works.

  4. Share your search engine code with other Turbo Start users in the "Add your own engines" discussion on the Turbo Start User Forum. You can also grab engine code that others might have posted!
  5. We invite you to share your favorite engines / categories with us so that we can incorporate them in future releases of Turbo Start.