Customise Firefox keyword searches
You don't really need the search bar if you set up some keyword searches. These special bookmarks let you use any search engine directly from the address bar.
First, go to a site with search capabilities, such as www.pcadvisor.co.uk, right-click the site's search field, and select Add a Keyword for this Search. In the Add Bookmark dialog box, name the shortcut and give it a short, easy-to-remember keyword, such as pca. Choose an out-of-the-way folder in the 'Create in' drop-down menu, and click ok.
To test the shortcut, press Ctrl, L to place the cursor in the address bar, type pca paul trotter, and press Enter. You should see a list of PCAdvisor.co.uk's best articles. (Well, maybe you'll do better if you type pca matt egan - guess who edited this article?)
Search a Firefox web page in a jiffy
Finding the right page is often only half the battle: You may also need to locate a specific word or phrase on the page. Firefox has a trick that makes searching a page easy. Select Tools, Options. Click the Advanced icon, and then the General tab. Check Search for text when I start typing, and click ok.
Now you don't have to press Ctrl, F or even / (slash) to find that word. Just start typing, and up pops the Quick Find bar.
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