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Firefox Search Box

I want more than one

     
4:05 pm on Jun 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Firefox is a great browser, and I love it. However, I'd like to be able to have multiple search boxes shown on the toolbar, each set to a different engine. I know that you can switch the default engine that is searched, but can you have multiple search boxes shown at once, each one with a different engine in it?
4:38 pm on June 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Not that I know of.

However, you may not know that a very wide selection of search plugins are available (click "Add Engines..." from the search field drop-down menu). Once installed, a different search is only a mouse-click away.

Alternatively, it's possible to define keyword searches from the address bar. For example, you could search google by typing "gg webmaster world", and altavista by typing "al webmaster world".

Neither is quite the solution you're asking for, but those two techniques give you lots of search engines whether you prefer the mouse or keyboard, and without sacrificing screen space.

Finally, you could find or make a web-page that does searches, and save it as a bookmark to open in the side-bar. With a little scripting, you could even add it as a proper menu item.

5:03 pm on June 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your reply! Your second suggestion (using gg + search or al + search in the address bar) will work perfectly for me. I was unable to find any configuration settings. Is this something I need to setup in my prefs.js file?
5:40 pm on June 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Keywords are added using bookmarks. You need to create the bookmarks yourself, but it's pretty easy.

This article at Netscape Devedge [devedge.netscape.com] explains how to do it in Mozilla -- it works exactly the same way in Firefox.

I understand that the latest nightly builds also have a new keyword-related feature to automate your most common searches, but I haven't tried it out yet.

7:16 pm on June 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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firefox just got 10x better.
6:47 pm on July 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, I only found out about bookmark keywords very recently (even though they've been working for well over a year)!

I now have quick searches set up for google, imdb, onelook, a translator, a guitar tab engine, and a couple of message boards.