How to Create a Web Link to Add a Custom Search Provider

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You can publish a link on a Web page to allow users to add a custom search engine . First, create an OpenSearch 1.1 Extensible Markup Language (XML) file that describes your search engine . For example, the following XML file describes a search engine that can be used to search the Microsoft . com Web site.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>

<OpenSearchDescription xmlns=""> <ShortName></ShortName> <Description> provider</Description> <InputEncoding>UTF-8</InputEncoding>

<Url type="text/html"

template="{searchTerms}" /> </OpenSearchDescription>

To create your own OpenSearch XML document, simply replace the template attribute in the <URL> element with the URL of your search engine, inserting {searchTerms} at the location in the URL where search terms appear.

NOTE For detailed information about OpenSearch documents, visit

After you create an OpenSearch XML document, you can allow users to add it from a Web page by using a window, external. AddSearchProvider("<URL>") call within a link. When users click the link, they will be prompted to add the search engine . The following example demonstrates the required HTML. (You must replace "<URL>" with the location of your OpenSearch XML document.)

onClick="window.external.AddSearchProvider(&quot;<URL>&quot;);">Add Search Engine

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