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Firefox Searchload Extension

The Firefox add-on Searchload adds three useful options to Firefox's native search form that is displayed next to the browser's address bar.

You have probably noticed that searches are not removed from the search field automatically after the search. This means that you will have to clear the search field manually every time you want to run a new search in the browser.

It usually takes only a click to get everything auto selected and all, but you may sometimes accidentally do something that removes that auto-selection.

Searchload's first option is to reset the field after a specified amount of time. The second option resets the search engine to the default one after x seconds and the last one controls whether the search results are opened in the same window, a new window or new tab.

The Searchload extension is useful but needs some minor tweaking. You can only enter two digits (the time in seconds) which may not be enough for some users. It would be nice to enter three digits for the seconds instead. Searchload works with Tab Mix Plus and Search Autoresizer.

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The latest version of the Firefox add-on adds additional options to search which need further explanation:

  • You can now cancel the automatic clearing of the search bar if it is currently active. This gets rid of the problem that search terms that you have just entered are removed even though you still want to use them.
  • The same cancellation option is now available when the default search engine is reset by the extension. This again avoids the issue that it is reset while the search form is active in the browser.
  • The third and final addition is that you can now make exceptions in regards to where searches are opened. You can still configure searches to open in the active tab or a new foreground or background tab. Exceptions are available to bypass this restriction when the current tab is blank, the new tab page or the home page tab. This basically opens results in the active tab instead.

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  1. J said on January 23, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    I’m not sure the “Clear the searchbar” feature is useful. If you click on the search bar or press Ctrl+K, the stayed search string gets highlighted, and you don’t have to clear it to enter a new search string.

    (Firefox 2 on Windows XP.)

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