I reviewed the first Page And Go Firefox add-on back in 2006. Since then lots has changed with the old add-on now defunct and Paste and Go 3 released offering increased functionality.
The basic concept of the add-on remains the same. Instead of having to copy a phrase, pasting it into the address bar or web form and pressing return or a button on the website the user now can combine the process.
The process can be initiated in several different ways. It becomes accessible from the right-click menu, through keyboard shortcuts or a button that can be displayed in the Firefox toolbar. One of the important changes in the add-on is the ability to use keyboard shortcuts to speed up the process even further.
All it takes to open an url or perform a search now is to hover the mouse over the url or word and press the keyboard shortcut to load the website or start the search. Phrases have to be selected before while single words and urls don't.
Another new option is the ability to specify where the search or website will be opened. The default value is the current tab which can be changed to a new tab in the foreground or background. The keyboard shortcuts can be changed which might be necessary depending on the keyboard shortcuts already configured by other Firefox add-ons. The default Ctrl Shift S for example is being used by NoScript and needs to be changed to something else.
The Paste and Go 3 add-on for Firefox is a useful extension that can save the Firefox user quite some time depending on the average amount of copy and paste operations.
Update: The browser extension is no longer available, likely because it is not required anymore. Mozilla has added native paste and go functionality to the Firefox web browser, so that you do not need to install an extension anymore for that.
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