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