After becoming addicted to the new experimental Google Beta Shortcuts that let you navigate through results with your keyboard, it started to irritate me that I didn’t get to use the shortcut keys when I use a quick search in the Firefox address bar using the “?” keyword. Good thing it’s a very simple to change.

If you don’t have a keyword bookmark for Google Search yet, you can start by making a bookmark to this link (right-click and choose bookmark this link), and name it something useful.

http://www.google.com/search?q=%s&esrch=BetaShortcuts

Now right-click the new link and choose Properties.

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Here’s where you’ll want to add the keyword ? into the keyword box, to make it look like this. (If you already have a keyword bookmark for Google Search, then add in the URL above into the location box here.

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Now when you search in the location bar using the ? keyword like this…

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You’ll get sent to the new experimental keyword navigation results: 

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I really should figure out why the google description for this site is so strange…

You can also install the google by keyword search plugin for Firefox or IE7.