Roman was asking me if there was a way to add keyword searches to Firefox in a similar manner that Opera allowed him to do.
So-called keyword or alias searches allow you to run custom searches in the browser by typing the keyword followed by the search term. Each keyword is associated with a search engine so that you can run as many custom searches as you want in the browser without having to change the search provider.A default keyword search in Firefox is "w keyword", e.g. "w firefox" to search Wikipedia for the search term firefox. Those keyword searches are entered in the Firefox address bar just like any other search or address.
Firefox ships with several default keyword searches included. There is "w" for Wikipedia, "g" for Google, "y" for Yahoo, "b" for Bing, "e" for eBay, and "t" for Twitter.t's not complicated to add your own keyword searches to Firefox, all you need to do is add a search results page to the Firefox Bookmarks and edit this bookmark afterwards.
You need to replace the search term with %s and add a keyword to the search. Lets take my website search as an example. Type in a firefox as the search term and press search. The url of the result should appear like this: https://www.ghacks.net/?s=firefox. Bookmark that page and go to Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks afterwards.
Right-click the newly created bookmark and select Properties from the menu. Now replace firefox with %s so that you get https://www.ghacks.net/?s=%s as the new location of the bookmark.
Now enter a keyword for the search, for example "g" without the "" obviously. You can now search my website by simply entering "g search term" in the Firefox address bar.
This only works with websites and search boxes that have the search term in the url of the results.
Update: You need to click on Firefox > Bookmarks in newer versions of the browser to open the bookmarks manager. From here you continue just like described above.
Firefox ships with several search engines and their keywords. You can add search engines to Firefox easily and assign keywords to them as well, so that you do not have to use the bookmarks for that all the time.
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