Search Directly from Firefox’s Address Bar using Quick Search Shortcuts

By Akemi Iwaya on March 31st, 2011

Do you want a quick way to conduct searches in Firefox’s Address Bar using your favorite search engines? Then see just how easy it can be to search using this terrific set of shortcuts with the Instantfox extension.

To get started simply type in the letter associated with your choice of search engine (see list below), hit the space bar, and type in your search term. Instantfox will narrow down the results as you type. As you can see here, we only had one letter left to type for “Ubuntu” and we could finish our search just by clicking on the Wikipedia link without further typing.

Instantfox is also great for weather forecasts…just type “f” and your location.

Here are the quick searches available for the extension at the moment:

  • g >> Google
  • i >> Google Images
  • m >> Google Maps
  • e >> eBay
  • a >> Amazon
  • y >> Youtube
  • t >> Twitter
  • b >> Bing
  • yh >> Yahoo
  • w >> Wikipedia
  • wa >> WolframAlpha
  • c >> Calculator (i.e. c 1+2)
  • f >> Weather Forecast

Note: More quick searches are due to be added in future extension releases.

Download the Instantfox extension (Mozilla Add-ons) [via MakeTechEasier]
Instantfox Homepage

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/31/11
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