Mojeek Focus: Introduction and How to set-up

This is the category for all things Mojeek Focus, the tool which lets you Search The Web You Want.

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This is the Focus Testing category, used to discuss all things Mojeek Focus; you have been invited here because we want to involve you in this new development as early as possible, helping us to shape it into something that other people using Mojeek to search will find useful.

Mojeek Focus is a new tool which allows you to define and control your own search engines.
Further information on this can be found on this page.

Firefox and other Gecko browser instructions

To enable Mojeek Focus you will need the cookie:
FFID with value 34B7DA76 and path /

It’s important to note here that this cookie will possibly expire depending upon your browser setup, so be mindful of this and possibly change this column if needed.

Chromium instructions

Go to mojeek.com and then right click, developer tools > inspect

Then to Application

On Application you head to Cookies and click on the web address (mojeek)

Name and Value are the main things to change and the image above shows this, but also if you want to keep the cookie around you double click the Exp… and put something ludicrously far in the future like 2090-12-01 or similar

Screenshot 2022-05-25 at 14.42.58

If you have any issues with accessing this then please let me know and I’ll do my best to help you out.

Once enabled, you will be able to access the Dashboard at: Mojeek Focus dashboard. At the start it should look something like this:

The Focus UI setting on the right-hand side allows you to hide or unhide the Focus UI elements, which will show in the search bar, as pulldown menu on the SERPs page (between Web and Images), and as a lightbulb icon next to results.

Once this is all set up, you can go ahead and create a search engine; to do so you name the engine and then select sites that you do, or do not, want to search. Once you’ve set up an engine you can also add or remove search results from the Search Engine Results Page, using the lightbulb icons which appear next to results:

Screenshot 2022-05-23 at 14.18.08

This should be enough to allow you to try it out.

We will raise some open questions in this community Group, inviting your feedback. But please add any feedback you have in here by contributing to existing sub-topics, or creating new ones, which this Group can all read. If you need too, or prefer, you can contact me by direct message. Until we indicate otherwise, we would prefer if you did not refer any details about Mojeek Focus in the public parts of this community and wider.

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I’m supposed to be writing, but I really love this personalized search engine type feature, and how great the Focus menu looks, and being able to add more websites to the Focus search engine with a few clicks of a button. Just incredible. Please keep this feature.

Afterthought: I probably should’ve posted in one of the pre-existing subtopics. My apologies. Feel free to move my comment or delete.

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This is great to hear @jasoncomely, and don’t worry about where the comment goes. Let us know any ways it supercharges your ability to find things, falls down, or could be better; we’re in a stage at the moment where we’re looking to absorb as much feedback as possible :pray:

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@jasoncomely thanks for the kind and encouraging words. One very useful application of Focus is for word searches. I mentioned in a different thread we have two ways to tackle this and Focus is one of them. So now you are using it we can tell you about that.

Here is a Focus that I set-up called Dictionary. You can use the Restore function to upload it to your Focus dashboard.

{"Dictionary":"i=www.dictionary.com,www.thefreedictionary.com,www.urbandictionary.com,www.vocabulary.com,www.merriam-webster.com,www.synonym.com,www.thesaurus.com"}

It’s been working great for me so I use it quite a lot. Of course you can add and subtract other URLs to improve. It would be great to hear your feedback and/or suggestions for improving it.

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I’m unfamiliar with the restore function. Could you send instructions for Chrome/Brave?

It’s at the bottom of the Mojeek Focus dashboard https://www.mojeek.com/focus/dashboard as shown here. Click on the Restore button that shows there, copy the Dictionary definition above, paste in the box that appears and hit the second Restore button there.

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Thanks Colin. I thought it was something I had to do in the browser.

This dictionary search is fantastic, just what I need! And since I’m learning Ukrainian, I could also build myself the ultimate Ukrainian-English translation search :slight_smile:

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Something others might find helpful (this only applies to Firefox and Gecko-based browsers; Chromium browsers require different steps):

I wanted to search using the Dictionary Focus for Mojeek without needing to search, click the dropdown, and then select dictionary and search again. To do so, I first did a search with the Dictionary focus, and right-clicked the search bar and selected “Add a Keyword for this Search…”

Once added, I can use the omnibar to search Mojeek using the Dictionary focus with this keyword.

Very nice feature - I often found that finding definitions for words was more cumbersome on Mojeek, but Focus is a big improvement.

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I tend to use Focus utilising the Search Bar. It then works on any browser; as far as I know. I use a variety. Of course at present, I need to set-up the Focus cookie on each one. But I can transfer the Focus definitions easily using Backup/Restore.

Here’s how it works.

  1. Focus Settings turned on in the dashboard. Both “Results page” and “Search bar” shown bottom right:

  2. Enter search query in the Mojeek search box and then click on the preferred Focus. Shown here selecting “Dictionary”: