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To me the Firefox search bar is an indispensable tool and one of the few features that I cannot part with. Now of course I’m talking about my modified version of it. The default version is pretty good already, but there are still a few things that can be improved. Here are five steps anyone can take to improve their search experience.

1. Shortcuts

It’s tedious to take your mouse and move it up into the toolbar to hit the search bar when all you want to do is look something up real quick. Instead click [CTRL] + [K] to instantly find your cursor in the search bar and use [Ctrl] + [DOWN] or [CTRL] + [UP] to navigate through your search engines.

If yo’re interested see what are Top 5 Firefox shortcuts Top 5 Firefox Shortcuts You Can't Live Without [Poll] Top 5 Firefox Shortcuts You Can't Live Without [Poll] Read More among MakeUseOf readers. Or just download a Firefox cheat sheet 10 Essential Cheat Sheets To Download 10 Essential Cheat Sheets To Download Read More with all the shortcuts.

2. Customize

Don’t like the location of your search bar? Move it. Right-click into any Firefox toolbar and select >Customize from the menu. A window will open. Then left-click and hold the search bar, move it to its new location and release the left mouse button.

3. Open Search Results in New Tab

What I found very annoying after updating to Firefox 3, was that searches wouldn’t open in a new tab and no option was to be found to change this. However, there is a simple fix that requires some editing of the ‘about:config’. Type ‘about:config’ into your URL bar and hit enter. You’ll see this:

open search results in new tab

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Don’t worry, we’re not going to break anything. At least we’re not going to instruct you to. ;) So click the button, then look for “browser.search.openintab” and double-click it to change its value to “True”. That’s it.

4. Organize & Add Engines

Click on the current search engine icon in your search bar, a list of engines will appear, click the option >Manage Search Engines at the very bottom.

This is where you can change the order of your search engines, edit their names and remove ones you won’t need.

add and remove search engines

Towards the bottom of the “Manage Search Engine List” window you’ll see a link that says >Get more search engines. You can also visit the Mycroft Project to select additional search engines. In both cases the process of adding a search engine is quick and easy. Just click the desired engine to add, the window pictured below will pop up, click >Add, and you’re good to go.

5. Add Make Use Of

A few months back Mark wrote a post about how you can add a Make Use Of search engine How To Search MakeUseOf from the Firefox Search Bar How To Search MakeUseOf from the Firefox Search Bar Read More to the list. So if you like us well enough, please add us! :)

Do you use your Firefox search bar a lot? What other tweaks do you know of?

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