Let’s say you’re reading some slides or PDF and you saw something you want to google search, normally you could navigate to your browser, open a new tab and type in your query.
Alternatively, you could speed up this process by mapping a shortcut key to run a bash script to let you start typing your query right away.
Save this bash script
#!/usr/bin/env bash search=$(zenity --entry --title="Google search" --text="" 2>/dev/null) if [ ! -z "$search" ]; then firefox -search "$search" fi
Map a shortcut key to run the script
On Linux Mint, you could do this by going to
Start > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Custom shortcuts
and adding an custom shortcut.
Alternatively you could also use
xbindkeys if you prefer doing this via CLI.
What the end result looks like