Search Large Creative Commons Images from the Chrome Omnibar

When I’m doing a creative project (or just working on a presentation) I am always looking for large, beautiful photos bearing a Creative Commons license. Works released in the Creative Commons can be reused, remixed, redistributed, and revised for free– this makes it easy for me to share this excellent work in my own work. My favorite search engine for this task is Yahoo Image search because they have access to the whole library (probably the biggest repository of Creative Commons images in the world).


Searching this treasure trove of images usually involves several steps of setting up an Advanced Image search, selecting all the options I need, and finally searching away.











Thanks to this great tutorial from, I learned how to dial in my ideal Creative Commons Image Search and save it as a simple keyword, so I can invoke it quickly. I just type “YI” and My Chrome Omnibar becomes a Yahoo Image Search for Large and Wallpaper sized Creative Commons photos. AWESOME!

Follow the directions in the MakeUseOf article to make your ideal custom image search (or whatever you need!)

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