For all the things that the most recent versions of Firefox have done for simplifying the interface, why do we still need to have a separate box for searches? If you are like me and are needing a way to simplify the browser even more – try out Instantfox.
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Firefox’s history features have always been a little lacking if you need to do any real heavy duty searching for something you browsed through before. One add-on from Mozilla Labs that is looking to change that is RecallMonkey. It gives you more powerful searching options when it comes to browsing through the Firefox browser history.
Amazon is my proverbial Walmart when it comes to shopping. I do probably 90% of my online shopping at Amazon, cause they always have what I need. AmazonAssist is a new Firefox add-on that helps me find product information and promises to enhance my shopping experience. Does it?
The other day, when we were talking about bringing Chrome features into Firefox, the topic “searching from the address bar” was mentioned. By default, when you type a word into the address bar by itself, it gives you Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” number one result.
What if you just want to do a regular Google search?
There is an easy way to turn your address bar into a Google search box. You want to type into your address bar about:config. Next, type into the filter keyword.URL. Once you have found it there, modify the string in there and replace it with:
From now on, when you type in a word or phrase into the address bar and hit enter, it will launch a Google search for it rather than giving you Google’s top result for that word or phrase.
As another Extend Firefox 3 contest winner, HandyTag deserves a look. This add-on for Firefox provides a complete set of the most relevant keywords when you bookmark a page. Where do these keywords come from? Many different sources from around the Web.
This comes in handy when you bookmark a page, and your not sure exactly with what words it should be tagged with (or you don’t want to take the time to think it out). There is no need for straining your brain to think of descriptive tags any longer with this extension.
You can pick HandyTag up on the Firefox Add-ons web site and learn more about HandyTag on the official web site. It is still sandboxed on Firefox’s web site, so if you need a login to try it out, be sure to checkout these bugmenot username and password combinations.
Is Firefox 3′s search functions not powerful enough for you?
If you’d like to power it up some, you need to pick up CyberSearch. This extension allow you to perform various Google searches right from the address bar. The fun doesn’t stop there. It also displays the results in the awesome bar format along with your history.
You can do a number of special searches too, depending on the keywords that you use. You can do a Web Search, Local Search, Video Search, Blog Search, News Search, Book Search, Image Search, or Patent Search.
If you still need help wrapping your mind around this tool, be sure to check out the video tutorial on it they have put together for you.
Bookmarks in Firefox have a very powerful feature that most people don’t know about. Let’s take a look at this:
- Click on Bookmarks.
- Right-click on any bookmark you have there.
- Choose properties.
Now, third from the top, there is a text box called “Keyword”. Most likely, this is blank because by default it’s not used at all. Welcome to the wonderful world to keyword bookmarking. Let me show you how to use it.
Say for instance that you wanted to create a keyword bookmark for the search on firefoxfacts.com. Ok, lets go to that page. After using the Firefox Facts search using the words “test”, I come to the page:
If I bookmark it, it will look like any other bookmark.
Then, if I look at the properties of my newly created bookmark, I can make a few changes to it to transform it into a keyword bookmark:
- Notice that the my search term “test” is in the address in the location field.
- Replace that with the string “%s” to get
- Add a keyword to the keyword field. I chose “fxfacts” but anything will work. Use something short and you can remember.
- Press OK.
Yay, now we have a keyword bookmark. This is how to use it:
- Type the keyword of the bookmark in the address bar. (In my example “fxfacts”)
- Type any search terms after that. (My example: “fxfacts bookmarks”)
- Press the enter key.
Firefox will now take me to the Firefox Facts search for bookmarks just like that. Let’s see IE7 can do that!
Post by Samuel Brisby – Sam is currently a student majoring in computer science who loves and supports anything open-source especially the Firefox browser. Questions or comments can be sent to spamuel42 (at) gmail.com.
Finding yourself short on words when it comes to describing that really cool Web page you just found via keywords?
Now usually one or two might do you, as far as keywords go. Every so often though, you just can’t think of any good ones to use. That is where the KGen extension for Firefox comes in.
KGen (Keyword Generator) is an extension that allows you to see what keywords are strong on visited web page. Than, you can retrieve them for social sharing (tag filling) or webmastering/SEO.
Now I am pretty happy with the several jobs that I have, but I know some other folks out there might not be as lucky as I am. I get to help people out 24/7 and I think that is a pretty cool job.
If I could have had a easier way of getting to where I am today – I would appreciate that as well.
I recently ran across a Firefox extension called Percula. What does it do? It helps you search Monster.com for jobs or employers depending on the keyword that you highlight on a Web page. Say you were looking at this page here and highlighted the word Firefox. After that all you would need to do is right click and you could search for jobs that have something to do with Firefox.
If you are looking for a new job or you find yourself using Monster.com a lot, this extension could save you a lot of time. It makes searching for a future workplace just a little ‘bit easier.
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