One of the nice things I liked about the Chrome browser was searching from the address line, that area at the top of the screen where you would normally type in some URL like http://www.sutor.com. has a search area on the upper right, but I really like the idea of having one place to type in something meaning “this is what I want, you figure out how to get me there.”
I don’t believe that Firefox did not have this capability when it first started, but you can now set it up to do a search. In fact, it probably works to some degree right now. Try it.
To make Firefox initiate asearch when it can’t decode what you typed as a web address, do the following:
- Type in about:config in the address line.
- If you get scared off by the warning on the next page, stop. Use the search entry area instead.
- Otherwise, click the button about being careful.
- Scroll down to where you see keyword.URL in the first column (which is called Preference Name).
- Double-click on it and replace the command there with http://www.google.com/search?q= .
- Click the OK button and you are done.
I first learned about this technique at LiewCF.com, which says pretty much exactly what I told you above. Kudos to that site and author.