One of Google Chrome’s feature is to use its address bar as a Google search bar. If you type a search phrase and hit
Enter, you will be given Google search results. Mozilla Firefox also offers this feature with some tweaks on the browser.
Initially, when you type a search phrase/keyword on the Firefox address bar it would give you an I’m Feeling Lucky Google search result. This means that you’re directed to a website which comes from the top or the number one result of a Google search. But we don’t want that. We just want a regular search result. Here’s how to do it:
1. Open up Firefox.
2. On the address bar, type “about:config” (without the quotes). If you’re presented with a page that says that doing something there might void your warranty, just click the I’ll be careful, I promise button.
3. Type keyword.URL into the Filter textbox.
4. If you’re able to find the keyword.URL string, right-click it and select Modify.
5. Replace the string value with “http://www.google.com/search?btnG=Google+Search&q=” (without the quotes) and click OK. Restart Firefox to make sure the change will take place.
Try doing a search on the Firefox address bar. You should be given a Google search results page. By the way, this only works when you’re not behind a proxy server.
What if you use Yahoo! for search? Or Wikipedia? You may also replace the string’s value with Yahoo or Wikipedia’s own search links. But, what if we want to have all those searches done using the address bar? Not just for Google, or Yahoo, or Wikipedia. This is where Smart Keywords search comes in.
Smart Keywords make searching certain websites from the address bar easier. You just type a keyword assigned to a website followed by a search phrase/keyword and you’ll be given a result from the website. You don’t even have to open the website. Just type it in the address bar. Here’s how to do it:
1. Open the website that you use for search.
2. Right click its search field and select “Add a Keyword for this Search…“.
3. Give it a name and then a keyword. Make sure your keyword is easy to remember.
4. Click Add.
Open a new Firefox browser. On the address bar, type in the keyword you created and then a search phrase and press enter. And, that’s it! You may use this feature on any searches you use like Wikipedia, Yahoo, Amazon, eBay, YouTube, etc. Just follow the same steps.
And this is one of the many reasons why I use Firefox. 🙂