How to use Firefox Address bar as a Search Bar
Many of you may or may not be aware that Firefox's location bar or address bar can be used to do a Google Search. By default, it gives you the result that the 'I'm Feeling Lucky' button of Google gives you i.e only the first page among the search result.
The behaviour of the location bar can be modified so that it performs the usual Google Search instead of the 'I'm Feeling Lucky' search.
Before we proceed, it is important to note one thing. The Firefox address bar will behave as a search bar only when you type words that are not a valid url address. When you type a normal web site address, it will behave as a normal address bar and open the site.
1. Type about:config in the location bar and press Enter.
2. Find the keyword.URL key and double click it. A small box is displayed.
3. Paste http://www.google.com/search?btnG=Google+Search&q= in the box and click Ok.
4. That's all! Now you can type the keywords in the Firefox location bar to perform a search.
Why just Google? You can also use other search engines.
Microsoft Live Search: http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=
Hang on! You may also find something useful in Firefox shortcuts to complete web addresses quickly.
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