Now we have covered some of my favorite wallpaper selections out there that are Firefox based in nature. I just got an E-mail the other day though from a guy who showed me a link that has more Firefox backgrounds than you can shake a stick at.
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The search box in Firefox is that box for searching (boy, definitions don’t get any better than that) usually located in the upper right of your browser window. By default you see it set to Google, but did you know you can use others that are listed there or install more of your own?
To use the search box, all you need to do is type in a phrase you’d like to search for into the box, and then hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard. From there you’ll be taken to a Web page with search results as you would see by going to the search engine’s Web site and doing it directly.
If you want to choose one of the other search engines you have installed, just click on the little square logo next to the search engine icon and you should get a drop down box with all the search engines you have installed. Pick the one you want to use, and then its icons should be shown beside the search box. To switch back, follow the same steps.
If there is a search engine that you need that doesn’t come with Firefox by default you can install it yourself to use. You can find a list of popular search plugins here. For even more choices, check out the Mycroft Project. If you want to make your own – this Web page is a good place to start learning how to do just that.
The folks the brought you the CustomizeGoogle extension for Firefox are working on something else that might help you get more out of Google and push forward a new and innovative idea for Online searching.
This CustomizeGoogle feature saves you from the hassle of paging through Google web search results. Whenever you navigate to the end of the page, you dont have to hit the next button. CustomizeGoogle automatically fetches next set of results and appends them to the bottom of the page.
Here is a move that explains a little more about what is going on:
I like having the streaming results as I skim through Google Reader, so if you can give me functionality like that on the regular Google searches – well, then consider me sold.
Want to tweak how Firefox’s default search options react to you in the browser? The SearchLoad Options extension should do the trick then.
Options include clearing the searchbar and resetting the search engine after each search. A time delay can be set in order to reuse search strings or search engines before changing the state of the searchbar.
Search results can be loaded into the active tab, a new tab, or a new background tab. An option allows new tabs to be created regardless of whether the current tab is blank. New tabs can also be created by using the Alt key.
I got an E-mail yesterday from a woman who wanted to know where she could find some good search engine plugins to put into Firefox.
She was a beginner and didn’t know which way to turn really. I pointed her towards the same place a point all my friends that want to know a little more about search engine plugins – Mozilla’s official Web site for them.
That is the best place to get started in my opinion. Have any other links that might be a good place for her to begin with customizing that search box in the upper-right hand corner of your browser?
Now this extension does add a lot of functionality when it comes to searching. The SearchWords extension for Firefox allows you to assign keywords to your search engines inside of the browser.
Assign keywords to your search engines for quick and easy access to all of your search engines without using the search bar and without having to switch from your current search engine. To use, add keywords to your search engines via the search engine manager and then simply type ‘keyword searchterm’ into the address bar and search away!
This gives you another quick way to do your searches.
Have you heard about Wikiseek? If you read any of the big popular A-list blogs you might think it is the second coming, but I wouldn’t say that just yet. It is nice though. They have also released a Firefox extension that allows you to slip their search into Wikipedia.
If you use Firefox you can install the Wikiseek Search Extension to add Wikiseek to the search form inside all Wikipedia pages. Just click the install link below and follow the instructions. Once you restart Firefox you will see a Wikiseek button in the Wikipedia search form.
Pick it up and let me know what you think.
Firefox will find search engines for you!
One nice feature of Firefox 2 that i think gets overlooked by a lot of people, is the quick and easy way you can find new search engines via the browser. When a Web site has made a Firefox 2 compatible search, your search bar should glow or so something else (I think it changes from theme to theme). Not sure what to look for?
The folks over at Lifehacker have put together a video to watch just in case you are not sure. Worth watching – just to make sure!
Need a quick and almost painless way of getting rid of those pointless “go” and “search” icons in the Firefox 2 interface? While doing a little customization on my own install, I ran across this tutorial via the Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog.
With the new default theme for Firefox 2 there is not a ’simple’ way to remove the ‘Go’ Button from the navigation toolbar. I never used the go button since I simply press enter after I type in address. This will make your address box a little bigger as well. There a couple ways you can remove the Go Button either via about:config or modifying your userChrome.css file.
Quick. Easy. Painless.
The HighlightAll extension for Firefox is a very useful tool for searching inside of one Web page for content. All you have to do to make this sucker work is highlight the word you want to find once. After that, the extension does all the heavy lifting and all occurrences of that word will automatically get highlighted.
No right-clicking. No menus. Just select the word with your mouse and you are on your way. This simple extension goes a long way for helping folks find a certain topic in large areas of text. With a white background and black text, my eyes sometimes might miss a word I am scanning for. Not anymore!