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How do I get FF 4 to automatically add '.com' to my search?

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like if I type in 'usanetwork' and hit enter, 3.6 version would automatically add .com and go....how do I get 4.0 to do this?

like if I type in 'usanetwork' and hit enter, 3.6 version would automatically add .com and go....how do I get 4.0 to do this?

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There is a little add-on that will fix that called "Browse by Name" - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/browse-by-name/

With that if you type usanetwork in the url window it will go directly to the site.

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The change between Firefox 3.6.* and Firefox 4 is how location bar search works. In Firefox 3.6 it uses Google "Browse by name" search. With the browse by name search, it performs a Google search and if there is a clear match it will take you to the site, otherwise it shows the Google search result. With Firefox 4 it just performs a Google search if you type something which is not recognised as a URL.

To get the Firefox 3.6 behaviour on Firefox 4 you need to change a hidden preference.

  1. Type about:config into the location bar and press enter
  2. Accept the warning message that appears, you will be taken to a list of preferences
  3. Locate the preference keyword.URL, double-click on it and change its value to the link shown below

http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=

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Using Ctrl + Enter will add www. and .com to what is typed in the Location bar.

www. and .net or .org are added with the Shift and Alt keys respectively.

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OR:

There is a little add-on that will fix that called "Browse by Name" - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/browse-by-name/

With that if you type usanetwork in the url window it will go directly to the site.

Modified by iowaman

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You are much apprieciated! Thanks lowaman! thanks so much.

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Doesn't work for me. I'm taken to a Google search index page.

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Thanks - works nicely. But would still prefer not to have the extra effort..:)