Firefox Tweaks: Address bar as Search BOX – Let Google make you feel Lucky!

If you use address bar as search box in Mozilla Firefox then you can skip to advance options!

Yes in Mozilla Firefox you can just type your search query in address bar and get the search results displyed to you!

By default, whenever you hit enter after typing anything in address bar (also called navigation bar/ URL bar), Firefox checks if entered string is valid address or not! If its valid address firefox tries to load corresponding site/page for you! (Note that here if site is down or you have misspelled address, it won’t get directed to search engine). If entered string is a invalid URL, it will be submitted to Google Search and search results are returned!

If its fine with you then its great but if you want to use Google Search with I am feeling option or want to use another search engine as default then read following steps to change defaults search engine or its parameter:

Firefox Tweaks: Address bar as Search BOX

  1. Type about:config in address bar of Mozilla Firefox. A page with lots of text and 4 columns will get displayed!
  2. Type keyword.URL in filter box. The long list will be trimmed down to just one line! :-)
  3. Right-Click on that line and select modify option. A box will be displayed.
  4. Enter any of the following string for corresponding search engine!
  5. Changes will be reflected immediately with out any restart!

#Search Engine List:

Default Google Search (In case you want to restore originals)
http://www.google.co.in/search?btnG=Google+Search&q=

Google Search with I’m Feeling Lucky (what the hell is difference?)
http://www.google.co.in/search?btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky&q=

Yahoo search
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=

Microsoft’s Live.com
http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?fulltext=Search&search=

Wikipedia (GO option – Feeling Like Lucky)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?go=Go&search=

Technorati
http://www.technorati.com/search/

Glossary:

#Valid Address: A valid address is something optionally starts with protocols like HTTP (i.e. http://) and ends with domain name (e.g. .com, .org, .net, etc) and must not contain any space in between! So anything that does not this definition is a invalid address. Well firefox does not need to bother about all things and a simple check can be used – whether user entered address contains space or not!

#Google Search with I’m Feeling Lucky: From Google Search Homepage when you enter a query in search box and and instead of hitting Google Search hits I’m Feeling Lucky button, Google will redirect you to the first search result which is often what we want!


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Rahul Bansal

Rahul Bansal

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