It’s been about 36 hours since we launched shortcuts to the world and we’ve already had thousands created. One of the features that hasn’t been talked about much is how you can create advanced shortcuts. I’m going to show you some of my favorites below. Feel free to share some of your personal favorites in the comments.

Taming tickets

We have a ticketing system here in the office which we use to keep track of bugs and feature requests. It’s not uncommon to hear someone in the office say: “What do you think about ticket 509?” or “Did you see my update to ticket 1294?” Being able to type “t 509” or “t 1294” and land directly on the ticket page saves me a ton of time.

Here’s how I set up our trac shortcut:
t http://tickets.internal.opendns.com/ticket/%s

I use it like this: t 509

Phoning my friends

I use Skype from time to time to talk to friends in foreign countries to save on the long-distance charges. I like being able to launch a phone call by just using my address bar (since I’m always using a web browser).

Here’s how it works:
call skype:%s

I use it like this: call opendns

Or, if I just want to leave a voicemail:
voicemail skype:%s?voicemail

I use it like this: voicemail opendns

Know where you’re going

Sometimes I’ll be running out of the office to visit one of our datacenters and I’ll need directions. I’ve got a shortcut called office that quickly gives me directions to any location starting from my office. This one was a bit trickier to create, and I made it using the OpenDNS shortcut bookmarklet. You can find the bookmarklet on the bottom of your shortcuts page in your account.

Here is the shortcut:
office http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&saddr=50+Fremont,+SF,+CA&daddr=%s

And here is how I use it in my browser: office 529 Bryant, Palo Alto, CA

The future of navigation is in your fingers

Shortcuts are cool. Advanced shortcuts can be powerful. What can you make them do? What do you want them to do?

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