With OpenDNS, you can create shortcuts that let you type something easy-to-remember into your address bar and leap straight where you want to go.

Shortcuts are a cool way to use a short word for a long address. For OpenDNS users, this speedy navigation is one more reason why OpenDNS is smarter.

Create a shortcut from OpenDNS Guide

On OpenDNS Guide, you can create a shortcut right in place, speeding you to your destination both for that visit and future use. Shortcuts you create on the Guide page can be saved and edited once you create a free account, making shortcuts available anywhere on the Internet.

Create a shortcut from another website

With the OpenDNS bookmarklet, you can create shortcuts anywhere on the Internet straight from your browser. Drag this link (OpenDNS Shortcut) to your browser menu bar, and click it anytime you come across a new site you want to shortcut.

Create an advanced shortcut

Anything that can be expressed as a URL can be a shortcut. Parameters make shortcuts even more useful.

What’s a parameter?

A parameter is part of a URL which makes the page change.

For example, http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=yhoo has yhoo as a parameter.

Change yhoo to msft and you get a different page, with Microsoft’s stock price instead of Yahoo’s. Neat!

How do I create a shortcut that takes parameters?

When creating a shortcut, enter %s in the website field as the parameter placeholder, like this:


How do I use these shortcuts?

It’s simple. Type your shortcut, followed by a space, followed by a parameter.

In your address bar: s msft

Can I launch an application?

Yep! If you want to launch an AOL IM conversation, you can do something like this:

Shortcut: IM
Website: aim:goim?screenname=%s&message=Hi.+Are+you+there?

In your address bar: IM opendns


Only alphanumeric characters, from the ASCII character set. No spaces are allowed in the shortcut name.

Set up shortcuts for your network

Shortcuts can be set up for network, so all your users benefit from the shortcuts you establish. For instance, set up “help” to go straight to your helpdesk.

Individuals can override the network shortcuts with personal shortcuts, so your assistance doesn’t become an impediment to your users.