Firefox Quicksearch Tutorial

Firefox is a fast free web browser with multiple extensible features, some of which are not commonly utilized. I tried to keep this tutorial straightforward and easy to follow so I hope I don’t confuse anyone. You can download the latest version of the application from the Mozilla website if you haven’t already done so.

I’m going to begin with a demonstration. Type in, “dict blog” into Firefox’s location bar followed by the return key. Go on, try it! It should take you to Dictionary.com and directly display the search results for the meanings of the word, “blog”.

How’s that for quick?

The letters, “dict” represent the keyword for the dictionary Quicksearch and, “blog” is the search string; the word you’re looking for. Firefox comes with a few built-in Quicksearches such as “g” for Google and “wp” for Wikipedia, but what’s more impressive is that you can edit or create your own keywords that can perform custom searches.

Suppose you wanted to be able to type, “bl Kuwait” and make Firefox take you to Blog Search and search for any blogs that contain the word, “Kuwait”. To be able to do this, or any other custom search in Firefox, you have to run a query test. Go to Blog Search and type in, “test” in the search field and click the “Search Blogs Button”.


Once the results appear, bookmark the page and store it preferably into your Quick Searches Folder.


Almost there! Go to, “Manage Bookmarks” from the, “Bookmarks” menu and look for the bookmark you’ve just added, right-click it and select properties:


Now all you have to do is make a few small changes and you’re done. Edit the details in the properties window so that they match the details below:

Name: Blogger Quicksearch (optional)
Location: Replace the word “test” with “%s” (the search string) so that it looks like this:

http://search.blogger.com/?q=%s&b…

Keyword: bl
Ignore the Description and leave the check box empty.

Original Bookmark

Now go ahead and type, “bl” followed by any word, into your location bar to get quick Blogger search results.

You can repeat these steps for almost any search site.

Tip #1: If you want to search for a particular blog you can type things like:

bl Single Gal blogurl:misscosmokuwait.blogspot.com

to find all of MissCosmo’s episodes and so on..

Tip #2: If you don’t use the, “%s” as part of the URL, then typing the keyword would simply take you to the site you’ve bookmarked and no search is made. This is quite helpful if you hate typing in long URLs.

Advertisements

9 thoughts on “Firefox Quicksearch Tutorial

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s