Firefox 4’s Search bar allows you to search the web via selected search engines – type in your search terms, then click the dropdown arrow to choose the engine you wish to use and finally hit [Enter]. It works for some, but it’s quite fiddly to use, particularly if you’re not particularly wedded to a particular engine.

Quick Search Bar changes all that: once installed, the Search bar changes to display icons representing each search engine. Just click the engine you wish to use, type your search terms and hit [Enter]. It’s simple, quick and effective.

To manage your search engines or access the Add-on’s extensive list of configurable options, just right-click the Search bar. The Quick Search Bar can hold a limited number of search engine icons before any overspill is hidden behind a dropdown arrow – choose to manage your engines to tweak the order, or open the options and select “Scrolling the mouse wheel…” to use the scroll wheel to move between available icons.


If you don’t slavishly use a single search engine then Quick Search Bar will help speed up your searches.