Select Search chrome extension

Version: 1.5.20
Select Search
Offers to make a quick search in google or other websites using the selected text.
4.33 Based on 137 user rates

What is Select Search?

Select Search is a ads extension for chrome. it's a free extension , it has 10,000+ active users since released its first version, it earns an average rating of 4.33 from 137 rated user, last update is 3940 days ago.

What’s new in version 1.5.20?

                When you select some text, it pops up a non intrusive baloon which allows you to do a search in google,  wikipedia or twitter. I wrote it because FasterFox (aka SmarterFox, aka FastestChrome) took time to be ported to Chrome and I love this feature. 

Moreover, there is some differences in Select Search wrt FasterFox:

- Baloon positioning rule is different, in particular the box is always accessible
- There is more search possibilities
- The baloon is also active on text fields.
- The baloon disapears as soon as you hit a key or after a period of inactivity. 
- You can set transparency, order of the icons, number of rows, method of opening (new tab in background, new trab in front, same tab, only one new tab).
- I keep your settings between two updates and I guarantee you REAL PRIVACY (no requests to external servers unlike FasterChrome). Security warnings are because the extension is active on all web pages so I could log your history , but I DO NOT.

Note that you have to reload a page before having the baloon and the extension is disabled on chrome extension pages.

Note on local favicons for personalized search engines : due to new security measures by google I'm not sure to be able to do it with an upload form. Nevertheless you should be able to use a path like file://path_on_your_computer/your_favicon.ico

--------- Changelog ----------
1.4.7 Google manifest v2 migration 
1.4.6 polish websites
1.4.5 Google translate added
1.4.0 adding two custom search fields 
1.3.0 copy to clipboard (require new permission), better direct link support
1.2.21 nzbindexnl
1.2.19 direct opening of selected text in new link (see options).
1.2.18 added
1.2.17 Ru added. May have encoding problems on non utf8 pages.
1.2.16 Flickr,
1.2.14 Better internationalization, Youtube search.
1.2.13 Added Google Maps, Ebay, Binsearch and Facebook, more options available.
1.2.6. Twitter, transparency and number of cols setting in options.
1.2.5. Inclusion of jquery,  possibility to select the order of the boxes in Options pages.  
1.2.1. Feature about tabs asked by anonymous have been added in. 
1.1.8. Fix of mr.gruev included with thanks to him.            

How to install Select Search?

You could download the latest version crx file or older version files and install it.

Preview of Select Search

Technical Features:

  • Latest Version: 1.5.20
  • Requirements: Windows Chrome, Mac Chrome
  • License: Free
  • Latest update: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
  • Author: jeremie

Select Search Available languages:



Reviews of select search:

Person 1 October 11th, 2019
Person 1

Make the UI more modern with dark mode. Then it would be perfect.

Alex Wright August 1st, 2021
Alex Wright

Firstly, I really rate this extension and used to use it all the time, so everything I write below I say while respecting the original developer. However there were a couple of things about the extension that bugged me. First of all, it does not sync user preferences across different computers. So if you sign in to Chrome on a new computer, Chrome will install the extension but your settings will have changed back to default. It's a small thing but it bugged me because I did not like the default multiple-icon popup and always used the extension with only one search icon. Also the settings page I found to be a bit clunky and outdated, and even some of the default icons are now old and outdated. As a hobby I write Chrome extensions and seeing as this extension had not been updated since 2013, I thought I would produce something that meets my own needs with some enhanced features. It is called "One Click Search". It is fairly basic but it fits my needs and if it gets popular I am open to adding new features. You can find it at Thanks for reading

giskard lucy June 26th, 2021
giskard lucy

If this project open source? Where is the repo? I can fix some bugs.

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