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Most of my searches are based on searching keywords in post titles. Therefore I type 'intitle:1' quite often.

I would like to use an abbreviation instead like a single letter 'i' and cut on the keystrokes I have to type every time I do a search.

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If you down vote, please add a useful comment. –  Tony_Henrich Sep 9 '10 at 16:56
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As for the downvotes: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/15251/… –  Arjan Sep 9 '10 at 17:22
    
@Arjan: Just put the comment. Don't make me think. –  Tony_Henrich Sep 9 '10 at 17:33
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-1 to the above comment if I could, for "don't make me think," a phrase which is rarely a good sign. –  Pops Sep 9 '10 at 17:40
    
Not sure if I understand correctly, but I now downvoted, as apparently downvotes and comments are somehow related. –  Arjan Sep 9 '10 at 18:37
    
@Arjan, what sort of relationship are you referring to? –  Pops Sep 9 '10 at 18:39
    
@Popular Demand: Read the book "Don't make me think". While its for web usability, the principles apply to other facets of life. What good does it make if someone points me to a long list of possibilities? It's a lot more productive to type ' I don't like this idea because ...". Amazon doesn't allow ratings with no reviews. Same idea. –  Tony_Henrich Sep 9 '10 at 19:02
    
@Tony, the reason you just presented is exactly the reason that I said "rarely a good sign" rather than "never a good sign." –  Pops Sep 9 '10 at 19:26

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I don't think that will happen, since StackOverflow must support one letter tags like C. When the I language is created, how are you going to support that?


Here's something you can do, however.

If you are using Chrome, right click on the address bar and pick Edit Search Engines. Click on Add and fill in as follows:

Name:    StackOverflow Title Search
Keyword: so
URL:     http://stackoverflow.com/search?q=intitle:1+%s

(Instructions are similar for Firefox.)

Now your intitle search can be done by writing, e.g., so threading in python in your address bar.

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A superb idea, sir! –  MPelletier Sep 9 '10 at 17:04
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Actually, the search will strip singular letters. If you want to search the [C] tag, you need to surround it in brackets. C alone won't cut it, not even if it is accompanied by other terms. –  Grace Note Sep 9 '10 at 17:17
    
Related to @Grace's examples: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/62859/… –  Rebecca Chernoff Sep 9 '10 at 17:27
    
Good enough for me. It's a bookmarklet now. –  Tony_Henrich Sep 9 '10 at 17:34
    
Why would any of the operators conflict with tags, the colon defines them so that there is no conflict. –  Lance Roberts Sep 9 '10 at 19:03

I think all qualifiers should be able to be shortcutted to the minimum required to define the operator, so for intitle: we could use int:, for inquestion:, inq:, etc.

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