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InstantFox throwing away a letter

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  • Last reply by cor-el

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Hi there!

So InstantFox is not working as expected. For example, when I type "w california" in the url bar, hit enter, was reached - the last letter "a" was automatically dropped. One more example, type in the url bar "y apple" and is reached - the last letter "e" got sabotaged. Damn it.


Thanks! Cavessson

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I see that in a couple reviews (March 28, March 5):

There is a bug report on file but I don't see any official progress on it:

Obviously it's irritating but you could double the last letter of your query...

Firefox doesn't show instant results based on the address bar, but it does have a search keyword feature. This allows you to assign a letter to a search engine in the same way that InstantFox seems to work.

I can't figure out the new place to add/edit search engine keywords, so you may have to use the old dialog. Copy the following and in a new tab paste it into the address bar and press Enter/Return:


You'll see that when you select a search site, you can assign a "keyword" such as g for Google or w for Wikipedia.

To test the built-in feature, you'll need to disable InstantFox on the Add-ons page. Either:

  • Command+Shift+a
  • "3-bar" menu button (or Tools menu) > Add-ons

In the left column, click Extensions. Then you should be able to find InstantFox on the right.

Modified by jscher2000

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Thanks jscher2000 for the pointers. Think the issue is due to incompatibility with the updated Firefox. It used to work well.

Double the last letter is a wonderful workaround! Didn't think of dat : )

For a less geeky way to assign a keyword to a search engine: 1. Bookmark 2. Press "Shift+Cmd+B" for Mac, or "Ctrl+Shift+Cmd" for PC to enter the bookmark page 3. Find at the bottom of the screen an arrow key, click 4. You'll find the keyword option

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You can add a keyword in "Options/Preferences > Search" (click in the keyword column area).