10 Firefox Search Plugins That Support Search Suggestions

firefox search suggestions   10 Firefox Search Plugins That Support Search SuggestionsThe Search Bar is the text bar found in the top right corner of the Firefox window (the feature is also available in Internet Explorer). With it, you can use your favorite search engines without having to visit their websites. As one who searches a lot, I find this tool invaluable.

The good news is that the Firefox search bar supports search suggestions and if you love as-you-type suggestions, you can access most of the providers right from your browser search bar.

Search suggestions can be used for any (or all) of the following purposes:

  • Suggestions (to be reminded of your previous related searches, to fix your spelling mistakes and get suggestions for popular/related results).
  • Auto-Completion (to make your life easier by saving keystrokes).
  • Instant Results (to be able to find something without even searching).

Here are the 10 plugins where you can get suggestions from different providers.

Unique Sources Of Search Suggestions:

1. Google With Search Suggestions

If you choose not to install the Google toolbar, you can still use Google enhanced with instant suggestions by installing this plugin.

  • Suggestions powered by: Google Suggest
  • Install here (top search plugin on the list)

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2. Youtube Search Suggestions

YouTube (unofficial) search enhanced with suggestions.

  • Suggestions powered by: Youtube Suggest
  • Install here

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3. Amazon Search Suggestions

Official search plugin by Amazon.com (there are many more as well but this one installs as the search plugin and is thus the most clutter-free).

  • Suggestions powered by: Amazon
  • Install here

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4. Bing Search Suggestions

This is the only officially supported Bing add-on, provided by the Bing team at Microsoft.

  • Suggestions powered by: Bing
  • Install here

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5. Ask.com Suggestions

Like it or not, the Ask.com addon can be used for an additional source of as-you-type suggestions inspiration:

  • Suggestions powered by: Ask.com
  • Install here

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I know Yahoo has the auto-suggest algorithm as well, but I was not able to find a search plugin powered by it. If you are aware of one, please post the link to it in the comments.

Google-Powered Search Suggestions:

1. Twitter Search With Suggestions

Search Twitter with search suggestions. I wish Twitter had a Suggest API of its own! It would be so much fun to have real-time search suggestions!

  • Suggestions powered by: Google Suggest
  • Install here

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2. Flickr Search With Suggestions

Search Flickr with search suggestions: if you are a frequent Flickr user, this one will become really useful! Why doesn’t Yahoo provide an official search plugin for that?

  • Suggestions powered by: Google Suggest
  • Install here

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3. WordPress Search Suggest

Search WordPress.org right from the Firefox Search Box with Google-powered suggestions.

  • Suggestions powered by: Google Suggest
  • Install here

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4. Photobucket Search Suggestions

  • Suggestions powered by: Google Suggest
  • Install here

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5. eBay Search Suggestion

I am not sure if eBay allows its search suggestions to be used by third-party services but this one uses the Google Suggest API to retrieve search suggestions.

  • Suggestions powered by: Google Suggest
  • Install here

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Note: to get the suggestions to work for any of these search plugins, you might need to enable suggestions first. Click “Manage Search Engines” (found below the list of all your search plugins), enable suggestions (check “Show Search Suggestions”) and click OK:

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Do you like search as-you-type suggestions or do you believe they are useless? Please share your thoughts!

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