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#DuckDuckGo goes !Bang

I love DuckDuckGo !Bang.

DuckDuckGo is a search engine for finding what you want on the worldwide web. It’s unique selling point is that it doesn’t track your search history like all the other mainstream search engines. Which is just one good reason for trying it out.

Because DuckDuckGo also have a great search facility called !Bangs – these are special short cuts exclusive to DuckDuckGo that always start with an exclamation point, followed by a short cut letter, typed into the search slot. Like all useful computer tricks you have to have a need for the trick to find it useful.

I use Wikipedia a great deal and for this !bangs are perfect.

Go to DuckDuckGo and type an ! in the search slot. Some of the available !bangs will pop up. Type in the letter w directly after your ! – then a space – then your Wikipedia search word or words – click Enter.

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DuckDuckGo will go to Wikipedia, search, and return with the Wikipedia page you were looking for like magic.

For users of a Launcher Application such as Kupfer on Linux, you can enter a DuckDuckGo !bang directly without having to load a web page.

First, in Kupfer Preferences, enable the Wikipedia Plugin.

Now when you want to look something up in Wikipedia, while writing in your word processor say – Launch Kupfer – Type a period . (to start free text mode) – Type ! followed by w followed by your search terms – and Launch. You will be taken directly to the Wikipedia page from your word processor, in just a few clicks – wonderful.

To use a !bang other than Wikipedia choose from the others available, the YouTube !bang !yt is also very useful.

==DuckDuckGo !Bangs==