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Search, Add & Organize with Firefox Smart Keywords

Search, Add & Organize with Firefox Smart Keywords

Firefox has a handy feature that allows you to use your address bar as a dialog box to a search. When you find yourself repeatedly searching a particular site you might as well just search in your address bar from any page, right?

For instance, by default, Firefox uses the address bar to search Google’s I Feel Lucky search, but you can create your own.

add keyword for this search

    At a search dialog all you need to do is Right-Click and hit Add A Keyword for this Search. Then fill in what keyword you want to use. For Wikipedia I use “wiki”, which means when I type “wiki lifehacks” into my address bar, I get the Wikipedia article on Lifehacks.

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    But why stop at searches? You can use this as a basic input to a text input for any page. The possibilities are almost endless. Here’s a couple I use:

    1. Google Image Search

    I am always looking for images for posts, this cuts straight to Google’s image search rather than loading regular web results and then navigating to the Images tab.

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    eg. “image scarlett johansson”

    2. 30Boxes

    This is where you can get interesting. 30Boxes have a simple Add Item input box where you can add events for your calendar. Because 30Boxes also provide some handy shortcuts like tagging, this process can be quite useful.

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    eg. “add meet meg at lounge tomorrow at 8pm tag meg”

    3. Google Reader

    In Google’s online feed reader there is a Quick Add feature you can use to add a feed, quickly. Well why not put that in your address bar? Now when you click on a feed [or the feed icon in the address bar] you can just add your keyword before the address.

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    eg “feed http://www.lifehack.org/feed/”

    It’s a simple hack that essentially just eliminated the ‘middle man’ in certain scenarios. Do you have some clever Smart Keyword hacks?

    What Are Smart Keywords? – [Mozilla]

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    Last Updated on November 3, 2019

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