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Learn how the address bar makes it easy to search the Web, find bookmarks or pages you visited before, use search engines and more.
Learn how the address bar makes it easy to search the Web, find bookmarks or pages you visited before, use search engines and more.

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The address bar makes it easier for you to find what you’re looking for. Enter search terms, or a specific web address, to get search suggestions, {for fx75}your top sites,{/for} bookmarks, history and search engines — all within the same field. [[Image:Fx75AddressBar]] {for fx75} You can also update Firefox or fix performance issues right from the search results. On occasion, you may see a tip from Firefox on how you can save time while searching. {/for} Keep reading to learn more about the address bar’s powerful features. __TOC__ {for fx75} =Access Top Sites from the address bar= '''Top Sites''' are a combination of your most recently and frequently visited sites, as well as the sites you’ve [[Customize the New Tab page#w_customize-your-top-sites|pinned]]. You can access your top sites from the drop-down list that appears when you click the address bar. If you’ve installed Firefox for the first time, it suggests top-ranked sites by default. [[Image:Fx75TopSitesDropdown]] Top Sites appear in the same order as in your [[About the New Tab page|New Tab page]]. To change your Top Sites, [[Customize the New Tab page#w_customize-your-top-sites|customize them on your New Tab page]]. If you’ve turned off Top Sites in your [[Hide or display content in New Tab|New Tab settings]], the address bar will show sites from your history instead. ==Search shortcuts== <!-- (Alternative content on "Search shortcuts" section for locales where "Search with..." suggestions don't appear:) When you search the web on the address bar, your default search engine is used automatically. If you want to use another installed search engine, you can type in the search engine shortcut or just the first part (example: @a or @amazon) then press {for win,linux}{key Enter}{/for}{for mac}{key Return}{/for} and type in your search term (example: @amazon adventure books). [[Image:Fx75SearchTopSite]] This way you can perform a search without having to load the search page. --> When you click in the address bar, clicking on a search engine in the drop-down list (like Google or Amazon) will autofill the address bar with a search engine shortcut (example: @amazon) so you can perform a search without having to load the search page. Just enter your search term after the search shortcut to perform your search (example: @amazon adventure books). When you type @ into the address bar, a list of all search engine shortcuts that begin with @ is shown. You can select one by pressing {key ↓} or by clicking it. [[Image:Fx75SearchTopSite]] '''Tip''': If you don't want to use the mouse or a search shortcut does not appear in the list, you can type in the search engine shortcut or just the first part (example: @a or @amazon) then press {for win,linux}{key Enter}{/for}{for mac}{key Return}{/for} and type in your search term. {/for} =Alternative search engines= When you start typing a search term in the address bar, you'll see icons for other search engines you can use: ;[[Image:F63OneClickSearch]] You can choose an alternative search engine and use it for your search with one click, if you don't want to use the current default. You can also choose a search engine by pressing {for win,linux}{key Alt+↓} or {key Alt+↑}{/for}{for mac}{key option+↓} or {key option+↑}{/for} repeatedly. For more information on using alternative search engines, see [[Change your default search settings in Firefox#w_one-click-search-engines]]. {for not fx75} =Search shortcuts= <!-- https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1480518 https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1480814 To Localizers: Search shortcuts may not be available in all locales.--> When you open the [[About the New Tab page|New Tab page]], tiles with a magnifying glass icon in the Top Sites section are search engine shortcuts. Click on a search shortcut tile and start typing in your search. Firefox will automatically put your search shortcut into the address bar. [[Image:Fx62TopSites-SearchTiles]] To remove a search shortcut, simply position your mouse over the tile, click on its three-dots icon and select {menu Unpin} from the menu. To add a search engine shortcut, position your mouse over your Top Sites section, click on its three dots on the right side and select {menu Add search engine}. See [https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2018/10/17/searching-made-faster-the-latest-firefox-exploration/ this Mozilla Blog post] to learn more about search shortcuts. {note}'''Note:''' You can also assign search shortcut keywords to other search engines. See [[Assign shortcuts to search engines]].{/note} {/for} =Search suggestions= Firefox suggests relevant search terms{for fx75} and even solutions{/for} related to the answer or task you may be looking for. Here are some examples of search suggestions. ==Keyword suggestions== When you start typing in the address bar, Firefox suggests relevant popular searches as provided by search engines like Google, Bing, etc. When search suggestions are enabled, the text you type is sent to the default search engine, which analyzes the words and displays a list of related searches. [[Image:FxKeywordSuggestions]] {note}'''Note''': You can change your search settings to use your favorite search engine as the default or turn search suggestions on or off. To learn more, see [[Change your default search settings in Firefox]] and [[Search suggestions in Firefox]].{/note} {for fx65} Write a <code>?</code> before your search term *if you want to see only search suggestions *or if you want to see search suggestions although the setting "Show search suggestions in address bar results" is disabled (but the setting "Provide search suggestions" has to be enabled) *or if you want to make sure that your input is treated as a search term. {/for} {for fx75} ==Firefox Solution buttons== Firefox lets you get solutions to popular tasks, like downloading, updating, or fixing Firefox. When you start typing a task, Firefox will suggest a solution so you can fix the problem and get back to the things that are important to you. Example: Entering “Download Firefox” when you already have Firefox installed. [[Image:Fx75SolutionButton]] {note}This feature is currently only available in English.{/note} {/for} ==Autocomplete== As you type a web address or search term, the [[Address bar autocomplete in Firefox - Search your bookmarks, history and tabs|address bar autocomplete]] feature automatically finishes what you’re typing based on matching websites in your bookmarks, history, or popular websites. This lets you visit websites in just a few keystrokes (no mouse needed). Just press {for win,linux}{key Enter}{/for}{for mac}{key Return}{/for} when Firefox finds a match. [[Image:URLAutocomplete75]] {note}For more on autocomplete, see [[Address bar autocomplete in Firefox - Search your bookmarks, history and tabs|Address bar autocomplete]].{/note}
The address bar makes it easier for you to find what you’re looking for. Enter search terms, or a specific web address, to get search suggestions, {for fx75}your top sites,{/for} bookmarks, history and search engines — all within the same field. [[Image:Fx75AddressBar]] {for fx75} You can also update Firefox or fix performance issues right from the search results. On occasion, you may see a tip from Firefox on how you can save time while searching. {/for} Keep reading to learn more about the address bar’s powerful features. __TOC__ =Searching with the default search engine= Type your search terms in the address bar and press {for win,linux}{key Enter}{/for}{for mac}{key Return}{/for}. If your input is automatically completed to a web address, press {for win,linux}{key Del}, {key Backspace}{/for}{for mac}{key delete}{/for} or {key Space} to remove it before pressing {for win,linux}{key Enter}{/for}{for mac}{key Return}{/for}. If your input looks like a web address, the selected entry under the address bar says "Visit" and Firefox would try to visit that address. To prevent this, do the following before pressing {for win,linux}{key Enter}{/for}{for mac}{key Return}{/for}: #If your input contains a /, type a space after your input. #Press {key ↓} or {key Tab} to select the "Search with" entry. {for fx65}Alternatively, begin your input with a ? to make sure that it is searched for (examples: ?e.g., ?mozilla.org). Do this also if your input is the same as a bookmark keyword, smart keyword or search shortcut, or begins with a ?, or begins with a smart keyword or search shortcut followed by a space.{/for} You can [[Change your default search settings in Firefox|change the default search engine]]. {for fx75} =Access Top Sites from the address bar= '''Top Sites''' are a combination of your most recently and frequently visited sites, as well as the sites you’ve [[Customize the New Tab page#w_customize-your-top-sites|pinned]]. You can access your top sites from the drop-down list that appears when you click the address bar. If you’ve installed Firefox for the first time, it suggests top-ranked sites by default. [[Image:Fx75TopSitesDropdown]] Top Sites appear in the same order as in your [[About the New Tab page|New Tab page]]. To change your Top Sites, [[Customize the New Tab page#w_customize-your-top-sites|customize them on your New Tab page]].{for not fx78} If you’ve turned off Top Sites in your [[Hide or display content in New Tab|New Tab settings]], the address bar will show sites from your history instead.{/for} ==Search shortcuts== <!-- (Alternative content on "Search shortcuts" section for locales where "Search with..." suggestions don't appear:) When you search the web on the address bar, your default search engine is used automatically. If you want to use another installed search engine, you can type in the search engine shortcut or just the first part (example: @a or @amazon) then press {for win,linux}{key Enter}{/for}{for mac}{key Return}{/for} or {key →} and type in your search term (example: @amazon adventure books). [[Image:Fx75SearchTopSite]] This way you can perform a search without having to load the search page. --> When you click in the address bar, clicking on a search engine in the drop-down list (like Google or Amazon) will autofill the address bar with a search engine shortcut (example: @amazon) so you can perform a search without having to load the search page. Just enter your search term after the search shortcut to perform your search (example: @amazon adventure books). When you type @ into the address bar, a list of all search engine shortcuts that begin with @ is shown. You can select one by pressing {key ↓} or by clicking it. [[Image:Fx75SearchTopSite]] '''Tip''': If you don't want to use the mouse or a search shortcut does not appear in the list, you can type in the search engine shortcut or just the first part (example: @a or @amazon) then press {for win,linux}{key Enter}{/for}{for mac}{key Return}{/for} or {key →} and type in your search term. {/for} =Alternative search engines= When you start typing a search term in the address bar, you'll see icons for other search engines you can use: ;[[Image:Fx78OneClickSearch]] You can choose an alternative search engine and use it for your search with one click, if you don't want to use the current default. You can also choose a search engine by pressing {for win,linux}{key Alt+↓} or {key Alt+↑}{/for}{for mac}{key option+↓} or {key option+↑}{/for} repeatedly. For more information on using alternative search engines, see [[Change your default search settings in Firefox#w_one-click-search-engines]]. {for not fx75} =Search shortcuts= <!-- https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1480518 https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1480814 To Localizers: Search shortcuts may not be available in all locales.--> When you open the [[About the New Tab page|New Tab page]], tiles with a magnifying glass icon in the Top Sites section are search engine shortcuts. Click on a search shortcut tile and start typing in your search. Firefox will automatically put your search shortcut into the address bar. [[Image:Fx62TopSites-SearchTiles]] To remove a search shortcut, simply position your mouse over the tile, click on its three-dots icon and select {menu Unpin} from the menu. To add a search engine shortcut, position your mouse over your Top Sites section, click on its three dots on the right side and select {menu Add search engine}. See [https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2018/10/17/searching-made-faster-the-latest-firefox-exploration/ this Mozilla Blog post] to learn more about search shortcuts. {note}'''Note:''' You can also assign search shortcut keywords to other search engines. See [[Assign shortcuts to search engines]].{/note} {/for} =Search suggestions= Firefox suggests relevant search terms{for fx75} and even solutions{/for} related to the answer or task you may be looking for. Here are some examples of search suggestions. ==Keyword suggestions== When you start typing in the address bar, Firefox suggests relevant popular searches as provided by search engines like Google, Bing, etc. When search suggestions are enabled, the text you type is sent to the default search engine, which analyzes the words and displays a list of related searches. [[Image:FxKeywordSuggestions]] {note}'''Note''': You can change your search settings to use your favorite search engine as the default or turn search suggestions on or off. To learn more, see [[Change your default search settings in Firefox]] and [[Search suggestions in Firefox]].{/note} {for fx65} Write a <code>?</code> before your input (for example: ?mozilla support) *if you want to see only search suggestions *or if you want to see search suggestions although the setting "Show search suggestions in address bar results" is disabled (but the setting "Provide search suggestions" has to be enabled). {/for} {for fx64} When you are using a search shortcut, the keyword suggestions come from the chosen search engine. {/for} [[How to search IMDB, Wikipedia and more from the address bar|Smart keywords]] do not make keyword suggestions. {for fx75} ==Firefox Solution buttons== Firefox lets you get solutions to popular tasks, like downloading, updating, or fixing Firefox. When you start typing a task, Firefox will suggest a solution so you can fix the problem and get back to the things that are important to you. Example: Entering “Download Firefox” when you already have Firefox installed. [[Image:Fx75SolutionButton]] {note}This feature is currently only available in English.{/note} {/for} ==Autocomplete== As you type a web address or search term, the [[Address bar autocomplete in Firefox - Search your bookmarks, history and tabs|address bar autocomplete]] feature automatically finishes what you’re typing based on matching websites in your bookmarks, history, or popular websites. This lets you visit websites in just a few keystrokes (no mouse needed). Just press {for win,linux}{key Enter}{/for}{for mac}{key Return}{/for} when Firefox finds a match. [[Image:URLAutocomplete75]] {note}For more on autocomplete, see [[Address bar autocomplete in Firefox - Search your bookmarks, history and tabs|Address bar autocomplete]].{/note}

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