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Lottery Post supports new IE7 'Search Providers'

The new IE7 web browser (which I previously recommended that all IE users upgrade to) includes a feature called "Search Providers".

In the upper-right corner of the browser window there is a space to enter text, and a small search button and a "down-arrow".  It is a shortcut to quickly perform searches using your favorite search engine.

So you just tell it what search engine you use all the time (such as Google), and every time you enter text there and click the button, it immediately goes to your search engine and performs the search.  It is a nice time-saver.

Lottery Post fully supports that new IE7 feature, and allows you to set Lottery Post as your default search engine.

Even if you don't want to use Lottery Post as your default, you can save it in your search engine list, so going to Lottery Post and performing a search is as easy as entering the search terms, clicking the down-arrow, and selecting "Lottery Post".  Again, a nice time-saver.

When using IE7, you will know that a web site supports the Search Providers feature because the down-arrow next to the search button will glow orange, like this:

IE7 Search glowing orange

When you see that, you can add that site's Search Provider to your list by clicking the glowing down-arrow, and selecting "Add Search Provider".  In fact, if you're using IE7 right now, look up at the top of this page and you'll see it.

Right now the Lottery Post Search Provider is used to search the forums.  In the future, I will add search providers to the other areas in Lottery Post as well, such as blogs.

By the way, Firefox also supports a Search Providers, and Lottery Post has supported that feature from the beginning, so you can do exactly the same thing if you use Firefox.  I previously posted about it here: http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/129103.htm

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