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Quicker Adding of Search Engines

Need to add another search to your search box in Firefox – but don’t know how to create it by hand? No worries there, this should solve the problem ASAP.

The Add To Search Bar extension lets you right-click on any search box and it will give you an option to add that site’s search field to the search box. The quick 3-step process of adding a search field can be seen in the screen shot that I took above and you’ll notice that you can customize the icon that is associated with a search.

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Quick Find in Firefox

It has been a while since I shared any quick Firefox tips, so today is the day I start doing it again. Need to find something on a Web page quickly?

Well you could use the Ctrl + F keyboard combination to find what you are looking for. You can also just hit the “/” button as well. The second method is what is called the “quick find” option. The nice thing about this quick find option is that after you are done with it and click somewhere else on the Web page you are searching – it just goes away.

Swiss Knife Toolbar

Don’t you love how swiss knives seem to have a tool for every occasion? Well the WebSwissKnifeToolBar is a Greasemonkey script that does the same for your browser.

Brought to my attention by its creator, this user script adds a lot of functionality to Firefox. Here are just a few things it can do.

  • Easy an fast search for: Google, YouTube videos, and Wikipedia (Spanish and English)
  • Translator English<->Spanish, with just a click
  • Spanish dictionary (RAE), with just a click
  • Convert a long URL to a tiny URL, with just a click
  • Put and save sticky notes on the Web

You can install the Greasemonkey script here or check out the blog for more information on it.

Firefox’s Best Feature

Picking Firefox’s best feature is like asking what is your favorite part of a vanilla ice cream scoop. It is all good in my opinion. One person at least thinks that Firefox’s “Quick Search” feature beats them all.

Before I began using Firefox, I used a IE mod called Avant Browser. Avant was fantastic at the time, it added Tabbed browsing, themes, domain aliases and a little thing called quick searching. If if you are all familiar with Firefox, you are probably familiar with Quick Searching. In my opinion, it eliminates the Search box, which is by default, turned on, in Firefox.

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Eliminate Your Search History

It looks like users of the Greasemonkey extension got one more reason to jump for joy. Thanks to this handy script, you can eliminate the ability for folks to track your searching habits.

So to alleviate that at least a little bit, I have written a little Greasemonkey extension that routes the searches you would normally make on Google, Yahoo!, or MSN through a secure search proxy over at http://www.blackboxsearch.com.

Just install Greasemonkey, install the script from here (http://www.nemik.net/blackboxsearch.user.js) and visit your Google, personalized googe.com/ig, Yahoo, or MSN page as normally. But whenever you do a search it will go through the anonymous proxy so that Google and others cannot keep track of your searches.

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Merriam-Webster Search Plugin

Forget how to spell a word? Want to know what a word means? Install this search plug-in and use your Firefox search box to look up words in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary or Thesaurus instantly—from anywhere on the Web. Personally, I usually use the Google search plugin for this, but Merriam-Webster might make a little more sense to other folks out there.

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termBlaster

Every single day there is a new resource out there that makes searching better. This place says it is better than that one. That one says it is better than this one. How can you make a simple and easy job out of searching them all? You blast them away with termBlaster. As far as searching in Firefox goes, this is the number one way to go.

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