Improve Firefox's Add-ons Manager with Quick Search

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 19, 2013
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

If you are using the Firefox web browser as your primary browser or as a secondary backup browser, you probably know that one of Firefox's greatest features is its add-ons engine. You can manage add-ons in the browser by typing about:addons in the address bar, with a click on Firefox > Add-ons, or with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-A.

Here you then find different categories, extensions, user scripts, appearance and plugins, listed on the left, and the installed programs on the right.

Depending on how many add-ons you have installed, you may need to scroll up or down to access all of them. While it is possible to install extensions to compact the listings here to display more items at the same time, you may still not be able to display all installed items at the same time depending on the number of installed extensions and the screen resolution.

Addons Quick Search is a new add-on for the Firefox web browser that improves the add-ons manager. The first thing that it adds to the manager is the ability to type in the first few letters of an extension's name to jump right to it. While this may not be necessary if you have ten or less add-ons installed, you may like this new way of quickly jumping to an extension if you have many extensions installed, especially if the number of extensions exceeds the available screen space.

addons quick search screenshot

Once you start typing you will notice that the first matching extension is automatically selected. It is still necessary to activate the available buttons with the mouse though so keep that in mind when you are using this option.

The second feature Addons Quick Search adds to Firefox is the ability to switch between categories in the add-ons manager using the Ctrl-up and Ctrl-down keyboard shortcuts. This enables you to quickly switch between extensions, user scripts, appearance, plugins and get add-ons in the add-ons manager.


Addons Quick Search is a handy extension for Firefox users who work with a large amount of extensions, themes, user scripts or plugins as it speeds up the selection process in the browser's addons manager.


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  1. Hellebarde said on April 10, 2022 at 7:58 am

    Any recent news or additions to this topic?
    None of those add-ons or userscripts, that have already been mentioned, seem to be working anymore with FF 57 “Quantum”, the limitations of WebEx and the UI design changes.

    Why was such an obviously integral feature not natively built into FF’s add-on manager?
    The search bar that’s already there isn’t very helpful in my opinion.

  2. hessam said on February 21, 2013 at 7:47 am
  3. Midnight said on February 19, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Good idea and a nice add on to have, but I keep my Firefox add ons to a minimum and use Slim add on Manager for a nice compact view!

  4. hessam said on February 19, 2013 at 11:48 am
  5. PixelWizard said on February 19, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Nope. Sorry, I’ve always wanted a text search in the Add-ons Manager.

    But nothing I tried made those new tabs appear on the page (the ones shown in the screen cap); the ← → buttons never appeared either.

    The functions of searching and moving up and down the categories list at left did activate, although they worked s-l-o-w-l-y.

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