Google region in Emacs

Update START

I recommend that you use my new version of this function that either googles a region (if any selected) or a query.

(defun google ()
  "Googles a query or region if any."
    (if mark-active
        (buffer-substring (region-beginning) (region-end))
      (read-string "Query: ")))))

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Two of my most frequently used tools when programming are Emacs and Firefox. And much of the time in Firefox I spend on Google. That’s why I created this (simple) function that googles a region. Just select the region you want to google and then do M-x google-region (or preferably bind a key to it).

(defun google-region (beg end)
  "Google the selected region."
  (interactive "r")
  (browse-url (concat "" (buffer-substring beg end))))

You must also set your browser:

(setq browse-url-browser-function 'browse-url-generic
  browse-url-generic-program "/usr/bin/firefox")

To bind a key to the function (replace … with you prefered key):

(global-set-key (kbd "...") 'google-region)

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