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How to access any Reddit forum quickly in Firefox or Chrome

Reddit uses a straightforward structure for its subreddits (forums). The main URL, https://www.reddit.com/r/, is always the same and the name of the forum is just added to it. For the main Firefox forum, you'd go to https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/ for example.

Reddit users may sometimes want to jump to certain forums right away. While it is possible to subscribe to forums to get quick jump options while on the site or use bookmarks for that, another option that is available is to integrate the functionality directly in the browser.

How that is done depends on the web browser. In Chrome, you'd add Reddit as a search engine, and in Firefox, you'd add it as a bookmark.

Google Chrome and Reddit

reddit search

  1. Open the Search engine settings in Chrome by loading to the following internal Url: chrome://settings/searchEngines
  2. Click on the Add button on the page to add a new search engine and fill out the following fields:
    1. Pick any name under Search Engine.
    2. Set the desired keyword, e.g. re
    3. Paste the following URL to the URL field: http://reddit.com/r/%s

Whenever you want to jump to a Reddit forum in Chrome, type re (the keyword you picked), then Space, and then the name of the forum. To go to the Chrome forum, you'd type re, then Space, then Chrome, and then return to get there right away.

Note that the same method may work in Chromium-based browsers that are not Chrome as well.

Firefox and Reddit

firefox reddit

Firefox users may use the browser's bookmarking system for the same functionality. The process is a bit different from Chrome but the result is the same.

  1. Use the shortcut Ctrl-Alt-B to open the Library of the browser. You can also tap on the Alt-key and select Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks instead.
  2. Switch to a folder under All Bookmarks, e.g. Bookmarks Toolbar.
  3. Select New Bookmark from the context menu and fill out the following fields:
    1. Select any name you want under Name.
    2. Use http://reddit.com/r/%s as the location.
    3. Add a keyword, e.g. re.

Once you are done type the keyword followed by the name of the subreddit and then Enter to jump straight to it.

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How to access any Reddit forum quickly in Firefox or Chrome
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How to access any Reddit forum quickly in Firefox or Chrome
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Find out how to add Reddit forum quickjump options to the Firefox and Chrome web browsers to jump to any subreddit immediately.
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  1. Anon said on November 21, 2018 at 2:20 pm
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    Great feature. I will be using this for reddit and other sites i frequently use. Thanks for the heads up Martin!

  2. Chris Hoffman said on November 21, 2018 at 2:41 pm
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    If you could stop ripping off my site, Martin, that would be great. Thanks.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 21, 2018 at 6:07 pm
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      I did not rip this off your site. If you make such a claim, please back it up with proof.

    2. Anonymous said on November 21, 2018 at 6:59 pm
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      My site ? You don’t even have blog like this one, don’t pull shit from your ass. Secondly, Ghacks has been there for a long before HTG came online, so who’s ripping of who huh

    3. ULBoom said on November 21, 2018 at 9:24 pm
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      Don’t see anything like these tips on HTC. There are articles about apps, addons and extensions but not this. Too simple, I guess and only involves the user vs. third parties.

      HTC has some good stuff but too much ostensibly non-native advertising.

    4. sector said on November 21, 2018 at 10:14 pm
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      This might be someone impersonating Chris Hoffman, so we shouldn’t quickly jump to conclusions.

      I’m just surprised he’s making this kind of stupid accusation publicly.

      Is there any way to find out the authenticity of that post, Martin? Is it really from him?

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 22, 2018 at 6:10 am
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        I don’t know. We don’t record IP addresses and anyone can use any name or email address in the comment section.

    5. Shawn said on November 22, 2018 at 4:09 am
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      Who the fuck is this sac of shit… seriously .. martin ripping off other people lol who the fuck is this nab martin will find ideas online to make our days better but he won’t copy paste…

  3. san said on November 21, 2018 at 3:24 pm
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    Thanks for the tips, Martin, it gave me some ideas to test.

    That means knowing exactly what the reddit names are.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/%s/new/ , to jump to last post of a reddit

  4. Yuliya said on November 21, 2018 at 4:25 pm
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    Except that the new design of rebbit is anything but quick. Especially on Gecko browsers.
    Anyway, this is a great idea for other websites as well!

    1. Anonee said on November 22, 2018 at 10:30 am
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      Yeah but that’s a problem with the inferior Gecko engine, made by the advertising company Mozilla who slips malware addons into their browser because they made deals with TV shows like “Mr. Robot”.
      Nonetheless, you can always use the old Reddit by going to old.reddit.com instead. You can also opt out of the redesign in settings so that you don’t need to change the url.

      1. Yuliya said on November 22, 2018 at 10:40 am
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        That is true, moz://a is good for nothing these days, but the new reddit design is considerably heavier than the previous one. And old.reddit starts breaking more and more with every day passing.

  5. WorknMan said on November 21, 2018 at 4:44 pm
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    You can also get to an RSS feed of the subreddit by doing r/subredditname/.rss

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 21, 2018 at 6:59 pm
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      Good point. I talked about Reddit domain related RSS feeds here: https://www.ghacks.net/2016/06/01/subscribe-to-reddit-domain-feeds/

  6. Anonymous said on November 21, 2018 at 6:54 pm
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    The overall quality of the articles here have been decreased so much lately. Soon you’ll publish “How to cook a noodle in 3 minutes”.

    1. jupe said on November 22, 2018 at 12:54 am
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      Anonymous keyboard warrior…

      if you don’t like the articles, don’t come back, I doubt you will be missed.

    2. gwacks said on November 22, 2018 at 11:05 am
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      Have to agree with your opinion.
      BTW, you can use this addon which utilize the same feature this article mentioned but more generic:
      https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/context-search-we/

    3. Steve#99 said on November 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm
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      Many probably disagree with this sentiment. Case in point, you might have missed Martin’s excellent article “German Federal Office BSI publishes Telemetry analysis” just two articles up from this article. The pdf analysis will occupy an hour+ of time and has excellent tips, such as a method in analyzing the boot process of windows 10. Many of us would have probably missed it if not for ghacks.

      PS: Thanks for the handy little tip, which thanks to other comments, has morphed into > https://old.reddit.com/r/%s/new/

      ref https://www.ghacks.net/2018/11/23/german-federal-office-bsi-publishes-telemetry-analysis/

  7. Dilly Dilly said on November 21, 2018 at 9:13 pm
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    How-To-Geek ‘was’ one of my bookmarks for years, until they sold their soul to m$. I guess you do what you gotta do to get that cash. Honestly I go there once maybe twice a year nowadays.

  8. Shawn said on November 22, 2018 at 1:41 am
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    I usually use this under google search.

    site:reddit.com/r/

    site:reddit.com/r/ cakes

  9. Anonymous said on November 22, 2018 at 2:06 am
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    FYI for me at least the shortcut to show all Firefox bookmarks is ctrl-shift-b, instead of ctrl-alt-b.

  10. trends said on November 22, 2018 at 12:07 pm
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    Thank you, Martin !.
    Very helpful post,
    Will use for sure.

  11. Onurtag said on November 25, 2018 at 6:21 pm
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    Using bookmark keywords don’t look as good as using search engine keywords (with blue background) so I am using the “Search Engine Helper” add-on to make my own search engines.
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/search-engines-helper/

    The addon is using file.io which is the perfect choice for the job.

  12. Nikhil said on November 26, 2018 at 3:33 pm
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    FYI you could just type firefox.reddit.com to get to the Firefox subreddit. This works for all subreddits.

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