What does Keyword Search do? It allows you to search in the awesome bar without changing your search engine. Do away with the search box and slim down the Firefox browser.
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Need a quick way to open up all the tabs you have open in Firefox? As you may have already noticed – Firefox 4 has a pretty nifty "Switch to Tab" function that allows you to switch to an open tab, rather than re-launching the same website twice. What if you could open up all the open tabs in the Awesome bar?
Now that I have been using Firefox 4 (as a beta) I can take a look at some of the neat add-ons I might have missed because they were not updated to run with the current version of Firefox. One of these neat additions to the browser is Instant Previews. With this Mozilla Labs created add-on, your browser will start loading webpages found in the awesome bar – without the need of clicking on them.
One more change to come in Firefox 4 is the removal of the RSS icon in the browser’s Awesome Bar (aka the Address Bar). I am guessing this was done to reduce some of the clutter when it comes to the default look and feel of Firefox 4. The ability that made RSS feed so easy to subscribe to is not gone though. It has simply been bumped down to being an additional button you can add to the interface.
The Awesome Bar (or address bar, as those “normal” browsers might call it) does a great job at matching a web site saved in your bookmarks or history when you start typing in the Awesome Bar. By default, Firefox doesn’t give you a way of saying, “Don’t show these bookmarks there” so now somebody has written up an add-on to give you that ability.
The NotAwesome add-on for Firefox will help you hide any bookmarks tagged with “notawesome” from awesome bar searches. This way you can totally flag bookmarks you don’t want showing up in the Awesome Bar results.
Wish to extend your already awesome bar (otherwise known as the address or location bar) with some really neat tools? By default you can check out an RSS feed from there, and bookmark a web page. For those looking for a few more perks, you need to try UrlbarExt.
This add-on for Firefox extends your awesome bar with more commands, such as:
- Make Tiny URL
- Copy URL
- Search Site
- Go Up a Level
- Easier Page Tagging
- Navigate Sequential URL’s
- View Cached Version of the Web Page
- Surf Anonymously Proxy Servers
That is definitely a lot to do in such a little space. You also have the option to show or hide any icon you don’t need using the settings dialog. The only negative I could find, is that the options for the add-on do look a little cluttered – so much in there to configure in such a small amount of space.
You can pick UrlbarExt up on the Firefox Add-ons site.
Is the awesome bar a little bland for you? Firefox 3’s address bar seems to be something people either really love or love to hate. Now due to a little creativity and the Stylish extension you can color it up a little ‘bit to help usability.
This changes up how you use the awesome bar. Your tags will be light yellow, you bookmarks will be blue, and your history items will be light green.
Colorful, isn’t it? If you like this you may also want to check out more work by the creator, -=Ben=-.
If you would like to include this tweak to your own Firefox 3 awesome bar, all you need to do is pick up the Stylish extension for Firefox and then install this script: Awesome Bar Background Color Based on Type (WOW) *.
I’ve been doing some additional reading this morning about Firefox’s address bar – which seems to be slowly converting over in the minds of the public to being renamed the awesome bar.
One of the features that makes the new address bar system really awesome is that it will match what your typing against the URLs, page titles and tags in your bookmarks and history – in turn giving you what you have been looking for.
The best news is that in Firefox 3 Beta 5, they have cut down a lot in the CPU power that is used when searching via the bar of awesomeness.
If you want more insight into the awesome bar and it’s development, go check out Edward Lee’s web site. Now I haven’t really been a huge bookmarker in the past, but with Firefox’s new address bar and bookmarking system I might have to rethink the way I browse the Web.
Update: If you find yourself not so happy with the new awesome bar here is how you can get rid of it:
The easy way woudl be grab the Old Bar Addon for Firefox 3
The hard way would be to type about:config into the address bar, and type this into the filter box (or scroll down to look for it) browser.urlbar.maxRichResults . Set the value of that to be “0” and then restart Firefox.