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Author's profile photo Trevor Dubinsky

Integrating the SAP Community Network’s search into your Browser.

The search functionality of SAP Community Network (SCN) is a valuable tool which I would suggest being the first step to help you solve issues that you are running into. Not only does it search the SCN items like Blogs, Wikis, forums and code samples but it also searches our Knowledge Base articles (formerly known as notes). I use it myself in helping solve cases all the time.

I happen to be a fan of the Opera web browser and one day I stumbled into a feature it had built in, for many versions, that I had not known about: the ability to add a custom search engine. The first custom search I added was the SCN. It was great, I could now do a quick search of the SCN right away with out having to navigate there first. So with a little investigation I found that other browsers could do this too. Below are how you can add the SCN search as a custom search inside Opera, Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome and Safari. I hope you find this useful, happy searching!

Opera:

1 – Right-click the search box in the top-right of SCN and select Create Search.
2 – Add a keyword to let Opera know that you are wanting to search the SCN, if SCN is not default. I use the letter ‘s’.
3 – Click OK
4 – Now in the search bar or address bar you can type s and your search term to search the SCN or select the SCN from the drop-down

Internet Explorer:

1 – In the IE search box click the pull-down arrow and select “Find More Providers”
2 – At the bottom of the page select “Create your own Search Provider” 
3 – Follow the instructions on this page, currently the URL to use is:
http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/advancedsearch?query=test
4 – Click the Install Search Provider button, IE differs from Opera in that you have to select the SCN from the dropdown specifically to do the search instead of being able to use a shortcut.

FireFox:

I used Firefox 3.6 and it seems to be a little more difficult then IE or Opera has made it. The easiest way is to download an add-on, restart Firefox and use the add-on. There is a great wikihow article on how to do this: http://www.wikihow.com/Add-a-Custom-Search-Engine-to-Firefox’s-Search-Bar-(Windows-Version)

Chrome:
1 – Click the wrench icon  on the browser toolbar.
2 – Select Options.
3 – Click the Basics tab.
4 – Click Manage in the “Default search” section.
5 – Click Add and enter the following information:
Name: SAP Community Network
Keyword: s
URL: http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/advancedsearch?query=%s

Note: Like Opera you can just enter s then your search terms to shortcut your search of the SCN.

Safari:

I am not a Safari user, nor a Mac user and I could not find an easy way to do this, however this doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. Searching the web seems to point to having to do an install of some sort of add-on. As I am not comfortable with this browser I do not want to point you in the wrong direction. So any Safari users out there that may read this and has the answer please reply!

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      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan
      I've incorporated this into my iGoogle page.  I always *end up* here in SCN, but this is a handy way to search for anything SAP Workflow related...

      http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=005022020613890714892%3A033gcl6msok

      Credit To Ravi Dixit (wherever you are) for creating this search for WF enthusiasts.

      Sue

      Author's profile photo Trevor Dubinsky
      Trevor Dubinsky
      Blog Post Author
      Thank you Sue, if you don't mind I will add this directly to the BLOG post under Chrome, crediting you of course!
      Author's profile photo Brian Bernard
      Brian Bernard
      Thanks for sharing, Trevor.

      I'm curious to know how many members use this, or would implement this, especially given that so many people go straight for the Google search.

      Also curious to know who out there uses custom search tools like Blekko and Google Custom Search.

      Author's profile photo Trevor Dubinsky
      Trevor Dubinsky
      Blog Post Author
      It would be interesting to find out. Firefox and IE both have pages full of custom searches to add, I wonder if it is possible to get SCN officially added to their lists and then get data of how often it is linked?
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      There is a much easier way in Firefox.

      Create a new bookmark
      name: SAP Community Network
      location: http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/advancedsearch?query=%s
      keyword: s

      In the address bar type s then search term.

      Thanks for the idea.

      Andy