This is a simple little trick for all those who use search engines extensively. Using this trick you won’t have to go to the search page of your favorite search engine. Simply type the query in your Firefox address bar and hit it. The search results will be shown to you from your selected search engine.
Now the ‘How-To ‘ part…
Open you Firefox browser and go to Bookmarks – Organize Bookmarks or just use Ctrl + Shift + B and you will be on the Organize Bookmarks page.
In the left pane, select ‘Bookmarks Menu’ (recommended, to avoid clutter in the bookmarks toolbar) or ‘Bookmarks Toolbar’ as per your choice.
Right Click on the selected item and choose ‘New Bookmark’. A small window with the new bookmark properties will open up.
In the Name field (Alt + N), put your search engine’s name, say ‘Google Search’, without quotes obviously.
In the Location (Alt + L), put this string, http://www.google.com/search?&q=%s
In the above step you can also use your regional Google link, like Indian users can use http://www.google.co.in/search?&q=%s
Leave the ‘Tags’ field as it is and move on to the ‘Keyword’ (Alt + K) part. Here enter how would you identify your search engine, i.e. if you have to choose from multiple search engines what would you use to select the desired one, say Google. Keep it simple and if possible just a single alphabet. For example, I am entering ‘g’, again without quotes This is the most important of all.
Finally, if you want that the search should open in a sidebar, tick mark the checkbox (Alt + H) at the bottom of that window which says : ‘Load this bookmark in sidebar’. This is how it will look like at the end. Just press the ‘Add’ button.
Now you are all set to use the super simple search without having to go to the search engine page.
As per our example, if you want to search for shoutmeloud, just enter ‘g shoutmeloud’ (no quotes please..) in your Firefox address bar and hit the go button. If you have followed the tips like a nice student then you should see the search results !!
In 10 simple steps you have setup your browser address bar to give you the results of your search query and that too using search engine of your choice.
Here are a few more links you can use for setting up other search engines :
- About.com – http://search.about.com/fullsearch.htm?terms=%s
- Ask.com Search – http://www.ask.com/web?&q=%s
- Bing Search – http://www.bing.com/search?q=%s
- Google Search - http://www.google.com/search?&q=%s
- Google Image Search – http://images.google.com/images?&q=%s
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