It's hard to put a title for this, but is there a Google Chrome extension that gives me a context menu option to navigate to the url or search for the words in my clipboard.

By that I mean:

If my clipboard content was:

  • www.google.com or maybe http://www.google.com then on clicking the context menu button, I would be taken to Google. But if it was
  • softwarerecs rules then clicking on the context menu button would take me to a Google search of softwarerecs rules


  • free
  • Windows 7 chrome compatible
  • context menu or maybe keyboard shortcut
  • extension looks at the clipboard, detects whether it is a url or random words and does the appropriate action

2 Answers 2


Yep - it's called right click. On most OSs if you have something on the clipboard and click into the address bar then right click you will see options for "Paste" and "Paste & Search".

Context Menu

Taken on Kubuntu 14.04

You can also use standard keyboard shortcuts such as Control-V in the address bar.

  • Free
  • Most Platforms including windows XP..7 maybe even 8 & 10 personally I never trust anything from MS with an even number - remember DOS4, Win2000,...
  • No download
  • Both context menu and keyboard
  • Minimal user intelligence needed to "do the right thing" - actually if you paste anything but a URL Chrome will search providing you have a default search engine set.
  • True. What I really was looking for was a context menu button I could press anywhere in the page so I could make an AHK script to it -to make it very quick to search or go to a search. Basically I wanted a single shortcut to search and navigate. +1 anyway :) Oct 31, 2014 at 7:03
  • Wait never mind. I forgot about that last point on your answer - chrome already auto detects whether it's a url or not! So I could just AHK in the address bar, I think, and click paste, right? Oct 31, 2014 at 7:08
  • Right! It does exactly that. Oct 31, 2014 at 7:14
  • Wow. You know what - I don't think I deserve to have Chrome installed ;). Sorry for the really stupid question! I'll make the AHK script when I get back to my computer Oct 31, 2014 at 7:16
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    Select the text in whatever windows you are working in, click or alt-tab to open web browser, Ctrl-L to select the address bar, Ctrl-V to paste into it, Enter to go. Oct 31, 2014 at 7:45

If you use voice recognition software Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Windows/Mac, non-free), you can create the voice command:

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I use it daily, it's very convenient, especially with the Google Chrome extension Auto Copy which automatically copies selected text to the clipboard.


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