Firefox offers many ways to perform searches. It displays a search bar on the top right by default, provides access to keywords that can be used to search using custom search engines and has lots of third party add-ons that add more search options to the right-click context menu or other locations in the browser
The Drag & DropZones extension for Firefox adds another, different and at the same time very convenient search option to Firefox.
It basically comes down to this: it divides the Firefox window into squares much like a table would do. Each square is called a drop zone and it is now possible to associate search engines or features with each zone.
It is up to you to customize how many zones exist and if they link to search engines or not. It is theoretically possible to display 12, 36 or even 64 different drop zones and associate each one with individual search engines.You search by dropping items on a web page into one of the available zones. Doing so performs the search for the selected item using the search engine.The grid is automatically displayed when you drag elements in the browser. Each grid item displays the favicon and name of the service so that you can distinguish different zones easily.
Drag & DropZones provides access to all search engines known to the Firefox web browser. If a search engine is not available, add it to Firefox to assign it to a drop zone afterwards.
This works by opening the program configuration and dragging search engines displayed on the left side to a zone on the right. You remove search engines the same way from the grid again.
Besides adding search engines it is possible to add commands as well like saving an image, copy the image location or opening links in new windows to drop zones. All commands of the right-click context menu are available and can be added to zones which makes the extension powerful.
The Firefox extension ships with a button that you can place in one of the toolbars to turn it on or off with a click on it.
The main advantage from a search perspective is that you can run searches on multiple engines with little effort. It is no longer necessary to switch search engines first to run a search on a different engine.
Add to that the ability to run commands as well, for instance translations, copy commands or downloads and you will realize quickly how powerful this all is.Advertisement
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