Klipper/How to search in phone books using Klipper

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    Klipper can search for a highlighted phone no. in telephone books in the world-wide-web, to look up the name of a given number in a convenient workflow, e.g:

    +49 30-2023 7305-0

    step 1 : mark above phone number and copy it to the Klipper clipboard of KDE.

    step 2 : in Klipper, click the action we prepare below to see who owns that phone number.

    step 3 : realize that it the result is sort of disappointing. need bugfix.

    You can also highlight (mark with the mouse) any phone number in any application, e.g. on a web site.

    Select search action

    How is it done?

    Klipper offers "actions" for it.

    As precondition Klipper needs to be active and must be visible as a tray icon in the panel.

    Call up the Settings dialog and add action:

    Regular expression for action:


    Now you need to add two commands for added action:

    Command 1 (all on one line):

    kfmclient openURL "http://www.dastelefonbuch.de/?pid=OpenSearch&cmd=search&kw=%s&le=de"

    Description for command 1:

    Phonebook search, Konqueror

    Command 2 (all on one line):

    ps x|grep -q '[f]irefox' && firefox -remote openURL\("http://www.dastelefonbuch.de/?pid=OpenSearch&cmd=search&kw=%s&le=de", new-window\) || firefox "http://www.dastelefonbuch.de/?pid=OpenSearch&cmd=search&kw=%s&le=de"

    Description for command 2:

    Phonebook search, Firefox

    After that it should look like this:

    Klipper actions

    After highlighting a phone number on a web site a small window appears and you will be prompted to select an action. See screenshot at beginning of page.