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Way to add extra search boxes to toolbar?

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Way to add extra search boxes to toolbar?


Anyone know a way to add extra search boxes to the toolbar so I don;t have to keep switching between my most used engines?


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Re: Way to add extra search boxes to toolbar?

■ see Use the Search bar in Firefox
I am not a Mac user, and menus may vary slightly but to add search engines to the sarch bar

  • click the down arrow on left of search bar and use -> Manage Search Engines
  • note extensions may be available that could help with searches
  • if you are on a site with a search feature you may be able to add that (eg this site has a firefox support search bar )

■ Search boxes on toolbar
One method would be to bookmark whatever search engines you use . those bookmarks may then be added somewhere useful such as to the bookmarks toolbar. Note you can bookmark specific searches. Some other firefox features may also be useful

New Contributor

Re: Way to add extra search boxes to toolbar?

I am trying to duplicate the search box, so I can have one set to Google, one set to Wikipedia, etc. so all I have to do is click in the box and start typing.

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Re: Way to add extra search boxes to toolbar?

Did you read the articles I linked to . Try the following:

  1. Just open the search in a tab.
  2. Bookmark that tab
  3. Add that tab on the bookmarks toolbar
    (that allows you to open it with one mouse click)
  4. If you wish add a keyword, eg 'g' for google
  5. Now if you go to the location bar,
    • either by mouse or by Ctrl+L
    • type g this string into your location bar and hit return it will do a Google search for this string.
  6. repeat steps 1-4 for each search engine but use a different letter eg w for Wiki

I am not aware that we are able to duplicate the search bar, on toolbars. But There is probably some way of modifying firefox to allow that. Possibly firefox 4 is slightly more flexible, it seems to allow toolbars to be expanded to double height for instance.

Meanwhile the solution above is close to what you are trying to do, it merely requires you to type one additional letter, but use the location bar instead of the search bar.