With the new Google Search experiment in Gmail Labs, my problem is solved. When you turn this feature on from the Labs tab under Settings, you'll see a new search box on the left side of your inbox, like this:
Type your search in, and a window (like a chat window, but a bit bigger) appears at the bottom of your screen with the first few search results.
What's in the menu depends on what you're doing in Gmail:
- If you're reading a message, you can start a reply to the message with the search result as the first thing in your reply.
- If you're writing a message, you can paste the result, or just the URL into your message.
- If you're chatting with someone, you can send the result via chat.
- You can also always compose a new message to send the search result.
Like all things in Gmail Labs, we're going to be tinkering with it, so let us know what you think.
Oh, and one other thing: with all the stuff we've been adding to Gmail Labs lately, the left side of your account might be getting crowded. A lot of the people who've been playing with this new feature have found it useful to turn on "Navbar drag and drop" in Labs so they can move the web search box up to the top where it's easy to get to.