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A Firefox Quick Search is one of the coolest Firefox features and at the same time the least known one. Using Quick Search feature you can search a website of your choice directly from the Firefox address bar.

Firefox Quick Search Demo

So instead of say going to www.youtube.com and then searching for standup comedy, you can set up a Firefox Quick Search for Youtube and then type in the address bar y standup comedy. Hit enter and you will be taken straight to the search results on Youtube.com.

Let me illustrate how this actually works by setting up a quick search for MakeUseOf.com. And the best thing about this feature is that it takes only about 10 seconds to set up. So, follow me! Once we’re done you will be able to do this for any other website as well.

How To Create Quick Search for MakeUseOf.com

    (1) Right click on the our search field and choose ‘Add a Keyword for this Search …‘ option.
    Quick Search for MakeUseOf.com

    (2) Next, you should see a small window like the one below. Here basically you need to enter a name for that Quick Search (I usually use the name of the website here) and the keyword that you want to use for it. You might want to use something short and easy to remember for the keyword. For instance, for MakeUseOf it can be muo, for Youtube y or yt or you, etc.

    Quick Search for MakeUseOf.com

    (3) Once it’s been added to your bookmarks you will be able to search the website right from the address bar. For instance, as can be seen above when creating Quick Search for MakeUseOf.com we used the keyword muo.

    Now let’s say I want to search MakeUseOf.com for some reverse phone number lookup website. To do that I can simply type muo reverse phone number lookup website into the address bar and hit enter.

    Quick Search for MakeUseOf.com

    And here is where it takes me … directly to the search results.

    Quick Search for MakeUseOf.com

So as you can see, quick searches can be major time savers. Instead of going to the website and searching from there you’re able to search directly from the Firefox address bar.

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I highly recommend you setup Quick Searches for the websites you frequent. Here are some of the essential sites I have on my quick searches.

    MakeUseOf X Seldom-known Awesome Tools To Optimize Windows X Seldom-known Awesome Tools To Optimize Windows Read More – Whenever I need to find some web app or software I first search for it on MakeUseOf.

    Youtube – I guess it’s fair to assume that for many of us Youtube became the to go place for videos. It’s the only video sharing site I visit. I use keyword you for it.

    IMDB – I am a major movie addict and frequently use IMDB (Internet Movie Database) to check reviews and ratings before watching the movie. A quick address bar entry imdb some_movie_title takes me straight to the needed page on IMDB.com.

    Wikipedia – The Wikipedia search is already included among default Firefox search engines, nonetheless it’s still a lot faster to search it directly from the address bar. My keyword for Wikipedia search is wik.

    [NO LONGER WORKS] Del.icio.us – Believe it or not but I use del.icio.us as much as Google these days. Since you’re searching through people’s bookmarks it can be quite effective when it comes to finding the right website for the task.

    PriceGrabber – This lets quickly lookup the price of a product across different retailers. No need to digg through eBay or Amazon listings, simply type in the keyword and product you want to check inside the address bar and hit enter.

    [NO LONGER WORKS] ThePirateBay – If you frequently download torrents then setting up a keyword search for your favorite torrent search website 3 Apps to Make Most of TORRENTs 3 Apps to Make Most of TORRENTs Read More might be a good idea as well. I prefer to use ThePirateBay, you may use something else.

What are you favorite Quick Searches? Let me know in comments.

  1. Shanna
    October 2, 2009 at 11:21 am

    This is *so* awesome; ty so much for this article. I had NO idea about this amazing feature of Firefox and now I can't live without it!

    My quick searches are for Amazon, IMDB, Wikipedia, Huffington Post, Copyblogger, Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, and Make Use Of (I'm a writer/blogger, in case you couldn't tell ;) ).

    I can't thank you enough for turning me on to this great & so helpful feature!!

  2. Swamy
    September 28, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    This firefox addon should also help.This will add the serach to your firefox search bar.
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3682

  3. dgsinclair
    October 24, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Favorite quick searches

    amazon (az)
    bible gateway (bg)
    answers in genesis (aig)
    christianbook.com (cbd)
    wikipedia (wi)
    pricegrabber (pg)
    bookfinder.com (bf)

  4. Mike Dunham
    October 15, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    I was playing around with this and reading the comments, and I found a great way to search all CraigsList sites at once:

    1. I setup a keyword search for Google, but I called it "CraigsList" and used "cl" as the keyword.
    2. Bookmarks >> "CraigsList", except right-click the bookmark and select "Properties".
    3. Change this part of the URL - q=%s - to this - q=site:craigslist.org%20%s - and click OK.

    Now I can type "cl ipod" in the awesome bar and get every hit for "ipod" on every CraigsList site there is.

    This is basically a slight twist on DHunter's comment, but with all due respect I thought it wasn't explained well enough for a relative noob like me, so I thought it was worth posting again.

  5. TheFix
    October 10, 2008 at 12:43 am

    I can't live without quick search. I probably have 3 dozen quick searches.

    Google, IMDB, Delicious, Wikipedia, Amazon, Thesaraus, Answers.com, Zip Codes, Digg, YouTube, Weather.com, Amazon MP3...the list goes on and on. I amazingly have most of them memorized too.

  6. Harmo
    October 9, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    I didn't even know about this feature!
    anyway, a good one that i added is yahoo answers..
    in order to search for questions without having to go to the website first.

  7. DHunter
    October 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    I like often like to set up quicksearches that use google's site searches + I'm Feeling Lucky feature. Just take whatever bookmark, right-click-->properties, then edit this link: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=site:makeuseof.com%20%s&btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky to change makeuseof.com to whatever domain name you want. Add in a Name and a Keyword and you're done!

    I find this type of search incredibly useful for en.wikipedia.org, imdb.com, last.fm, rottentomatoes.com. You can do this without the I'm Feeling Lucky of course for other sites. The key is that %s is where the search term goes.

  8. chris
    October 9, 2008 at 9:16 am

    a great tool to do the same thing is Serchilo. you don't need to set it up yourself, many shortcuts are already defined. if you still miss one you can add it yourself.

  9. Kaitlin
    October 9, 2008 at 12:18 am

    I keep thinking I should set these up, but the obsessive-compulsive part of me points out that the rest of my searches are in the search bar, and that just wouldn't be right, so I haven't yet, hehe. XD

    • Aibek
      October 9, 2008 at 5:52 pm

      :-)

  10. Rosie
    October 8, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Great tip - thanks for this. I also added Google Images and Flickr, as i use these constantly during my day.

    • Aibek
      October 9, 2008 at 5:48 pm

      I have one for Flickr as well, though it's not essential for me.

  11. USBman
    October 8, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Additionally, you can use the CyberSearch addon to do the very same thing, right from within the "AwesomeBar."

    You can simply assign new keywords, much the same as you do in the technique you've just outlined - the difference is that you do search and see actual results directly within the AwesomeBar, with the added bonus of seeing thumbnail previews next to their respective results.

    See the tutorial cybernetnews.com/2008/07/10/cybersearch-099-better-icon-management-smart-keywords-and-more/.

    • Aibek
      October 9, 2008 at 5:51 pm

      thanks for the link, looks like a nice extension. The only problem, I have already lots of stuff on my Firefox setup so I try to avoid adding anythng else to it.

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