Save Time Finding Information with a Firefox Quick Search

Like many folks, I rely on the Internet for my primary information gathering on a whole variety of topics. If I want to read a quick general biography of Dolly Parton, I’ll head over to Wikipedia. If I want to see whether to bring an umbrella with me to work in the morning, I’ll pull up And if I want to see what the movie critics are saying about the new movie The Watchmen, I’ll hit up Rotten Tomatoes. These are tasks I do often – if not daily, then almost daily.

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The problem with these everyday tasks are how long they take.  I’m a busy person! Using the Wikipedia Dolly Parton search as an example, here’s the steps involved:

  1. Click bookmark for Wikipedia
  2. Wait for Wikipedia page to load
  3. Scan the page to find the search box
  4. Type in the search term I’m looking for (”Dolly Parton”)
  5. Wait for the Dolly Parton page to load

Boo!  Using the Mozilla Firefox Quick Search feature, I can cut this down into:

  1. In the Firefox address bar, type: wiki dolly parton
    Firefox Address Bar - Quick Search
  2. Wait for the Dolly Parton page to load


Read the rest of this article to learn how to create Firefox Quick Searches.

How To Set Up Firefox Quick Searches

NOTE: I’ve also made a video demonstration to show how to create a Firefox Quick Search (in Flash), if you’d rather watch than read.

Hopefully, you’re now convinced that Firefox Quick Searches can save you hours so you’ll have time for more important things, like reading the latest gossip on Britney Spears.

Let’s see how to set up Firefox Quick Search to get an updated weather report for any zip code.

  1. Make sure Mozilla Firefox is open. I’m using Firefox 3.0.x.

Now let’s navigate to the site that we want to create a Quick Search for.

  1. In Firefox, in the address bar, type:

You should be delivered to the homepage: Homepage

Now, let’s look for the search box.  In my case, I want the 10-Day Forecast page for my local zip code, 47401. At the top of the homepage, there’s a search box that will accept zip codes.

  1. In the Search box, type: 47401. Don’t click the Search button! Homepage with zip code entered in search box

If you had clicked the Search button, you’d be taken to the 10-Day Forecast page for Bloomington, IN:
10 Day Forecast page for Bloomington, IN
That’s the page we want to be taken to when we use our Quick Search.

  1. On the homepage, in the Search box at the top of the page, right-click:
    Right-click search box, click Add keyword
    You should see a dialog box.
  2. In the dialog box, give the QuickSearch a name and a keyword.
    1. The name refers to the label that will be used in Firefox for this Quick Search. Type: Quick Search
    2. The keyword will be the term you type into the address bar to use this Quick Search, so you’ll want something that’s short and memorable. For, type: weather
      Add Keyword dialog box with information typed in
  3. To finish creating the Quick Search, in the Add Bookmark dialog box, click Add.

That’s it!  Try out your new Firefox Quick Search.

  1. In the Firefox address bar, type: weather 53211

You should be taken to the 10 Day Forecast for Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 10 Day Forecast for Milwaukee, WI

This approach will work for almost any search box on any web site.

Want to see another example of this? Watch a video demonstration to show how to create a Firefox Quick Start (in Flash).


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