RuneScape:Finding the wikis with ease

From Old School RuneScape Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Since the RuneScape Wiki and Old School RuneScape Wiki have moved, Google may not rank us at the top of the results for specific search criteria. Here are tips to be able to search easier on both wikis.

Desktop solutions

Desktop solutions include the creation of a custom search engine, letting you use the wiki's search bar in your browser, bookmarks or an extension. With the custom search engine, you can simply type "osrs Kebos Lowlands" (or other similar terms, such as "osrs kebos"), and it will directly search on the wiki and find you the correct page.

If your browser is not listed, it does not natively support adding a new custom search engine. There may be third-party extensions that can do the job for you.

These solutions do work independently of the operating system.

If you wish to remove our former wiki to your autocompleting URL bar, simply start typing the website, then press Shift + Delete which will remove it. Do this until you only have oldschool.runescape.wiki or runecape.wiki autocompleting.

In Firefox, you can search for our former wiki, right click any entry, and click "Forget About This Website". Google Chrome does not offer this solution without scripts clicking buttons for you.

Browsers

Note: By default, Chrome should automatically install the RuneScape Wiki and Old School RuneScape Wiki search engine. To view its settings and change them, simply find the search engine in the list shown in the instructions below.

  • Go to chrome://settings/ or click the three dots at the top right → Settings.
  • Search for "search engine" and select "manage search engines".
Chrome - Manage search engines.png
  • On the second section, "Other search providers", click on "Add".
  • Depending on the wiki, fill the template with the following:
  • For the Old School RuneScape Wiki:
    • Search Engine can be anything you'd like
    • Keyboard should be something short and sweet, such as "osrs"
    • URL needs to be set to https://oldschool.runescape.wiki/?search=%s

Chrome - Edit search engine Old School RuneScape Wiki.png

  • For the RuneScape Wiki:
    • Search Engine can be anything you'd like
    • Keyboard should be something short and sweet, such as "rs"
    • URL needs to be set to https://runescape.wiki/?search=%s

Chrome - Edit search engine RuneScape Wiki.png

From there, you can now type in "osrs Kebos Lowlands" in your browser's URL bar to land directly on the requested page on the Old School RuneScape Wiki. For the RuneScape Wiki, you can search via "rs Mining and Smithing rework".

  • Make sure you have the actual search bar (not URL bar) in Firefox, if you do not, follow these steps:
    • Click on the three bars at the right
    • Click on Options → Search → Add a Search Bar
Firefox - Add a search bar.png
  • When you have your search bar, navigate to the Old School RuneScape Wiki or the RuneScape Wiki.
  • On your search bar, you should see a magnifying glass with a + icon. Click that icon, and select "Add RuneScape Wiki"
Firefox - Add RuneScape Wiki search engine.png
  • You can now enter a search term, then click on the Old School RuneScape Wiki or RuneScape Wiki icon before hitting enter.
Firefox - Searching with the RuneScape Wiki search engine.png
  • For more options, select "Change Search Settings" at the bottom of the search menu.
  • If you wish to use the address bar as a search engine, go to the bottom of the list and find "Old School RuneScape Wiki" or "RuneScape Wiki"
  • Make sure it is checked. Double click on the "keyword" section of Old School RuneScape Wiki or RuneScape Wiki, and enter a keyword, such as "osrs" or "rs". You can now type "osrs Armadyl" to search the Old School RuneScape Wiki, or "rs Armadyl" to search the RuneScape Wiki.

Firefox - One-Click Search Engines.png

  • If you wish to make the new search engine by default via the search bar,
  • Select "Old School RuneScape Wiki" or "RuneScape Wiki" in the dropdown for the Default Search Engine. You can now use the search bar as the Old School RuneScape Wiki or RuneScape Wiki.

Firefox - Default Search Engine.png

The easiest way to reach the wiki is to simply create a bookmark. In most modern browsers (even Internet Explorer), simply hit the star to add the wiki to your bookmarks. Move it to a convenient place (such as your bookmarks bar), and you now have a working quick wiki button. If you'd like to land on the search page, bookmark the following pages:

Extensions

The extension is not recommended since it does not help us gain popularity with Google. Your searches will favour our previous site since you'll be clicking on them instead of us.

This extension will redirect all your clicks from our previous site to the new wiki automatically. This works for both the Old School RuneScape Wiki and RuneScape Wiki.

Mobile solutions

Since there are tons of mobile devices in the world, here are solutions for iOS and Android devices. Solutions include how to bookmark the wiki depending on the browser, custom search engines, or a new button on your home screen.

iOS

For iPhones using Safari, you can add the RuneScape Wiki on your homescreen (looking like an app) or simply a bookmark.

IOS Safari - Settings menu location.png
  • Tap "Add to Home Screen". If the option is not there, slide right. If you'd like to only bookmark it, hit "Bookmark" instead. It will be added to your landing page when you launch Safari.
IOS Safari - Add to Home Screen.png

Using Google Chrome on an iPhone, it is not possible to statically configure the first page. The results are based on your search history. However, you can create a bookmark to easily find the wiki, or use the "Shortcuts" application to create a shortcut on your home screen that will open Google Chrome.

IOS Chrome - Settings menu.png

IOS Shortcuts - Settings menu.png

  • Tap the square icon at the top right

IOS Shortcuts - Sharing menu.png

  • Select "Add to home screen"

IOS Shortcuts - Add to Home Screen.png

In Firefox for iOS, it is possible to add a custom search engine, or to simply bookmark the page.

  • To add a custom search engine, click the three bars at the bottom right.

IOS Firefox - Settings menu location.png

  • Select "Settings" from that menu, then select "Search" near the top.

IOS Firefox - Search.png

  • At the bottom of this menu, you should see "Add Search Engine".

IOS Firefox - Add Search Engine.png

  • Depending on the wiki, fill in the title and copy/paste the following links:
    • https://oldschool.runescape.wiki/?search=%s
    • https://runescape.wiki/?search=%s
  • You now have created a custom search engine. When searching, you should see a nearly invisible letter representing your search engine, near your keyboard. Tapping that will search on the wiki.

IOS Firefox - Searching with the new search engine.png

Android

Using your default browser on Android, you can add the RuneScape Wiki on your homescreen (looking like an app) or simply a bookmark.

Android Default - Settings menu.png

Using your Google Chrome browser on Android, you can add the Old School RuneScape Wiki or RuneScape Wiki on your homescreen (looking like an app) or simply a bookmark.

Android Chrome - Settings menu location.png
  • From there, you can either add the page as a bookmark, or to your home screen.
Android Chrome - Settings menu.png

Using your Firefox browser on Android, you can add the Old School RuneScape Wiki or RuneScape Wiki on your homescreen (looking like an app), as a bookmark, or a search engine in the browser.

Android Firefox - Settings menu location.png
  • Select the Page option
Android Firefox - Settings menu.png
  • From here, you can add the Wiki as a search engine or bookmark.
Android Firefox - Page menu.png
  • You now have now added the search engine to your browser. When searching, you should see the OSRS Wiki or RS Wiki icon at the top of the keyboard. Tapping that will search on the wiki.
Android Firefox - Searching with the new search engine.png