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Increase productivity with keyword bookmarks

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Here I'll show you how to make use of an often neglected functionality in Firefox, keyword bookmarks.Used correctly, they can eliminate many of the annoyances of everyday web browsing and make using online services more convenient.
 
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Step 1: Basic keyword bookmarks

To begin using keywords in Firefox, you need to set a bookmark for the page that you want to use the keyword with. In this example, I'm modifying my bookmark that points to engadget.com from my bookmarks toolbar.

When you add a bookmark, it's as simple as typing the keyword into the "Keyword" section of the window. Here, I've used "engad".

Now, when I type the word "engad" into the address bar, Firefox will go straight to engadget.

Step 2: Searching with keyword bookmarks

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Another cool feature of keywords is that you can use them to input text to a form on a webpage. In this example, I've used the search on Wikipedia to allow me to search it from the address bar.

To do this, right click on the field that you want to add your keyword to, and click "Add a keyword for this search". Then enter the name of the page (Not massively important but it helps keep your bookmarks organised) and enter the keyword for the search, in my case, "wiki".

Now when I type "wiki searchingforsomething" Firefox will search Wikipedia for "searchingforsomething". This can be useful because you can use your address bar instead of the Search bar, and hide the search bar, allowing more screen real estate.
xACIDITYx6 years ago
This trick is awesome! Nice 'ible!
Noodle936 years ago
Woah dude. This is mega cool. Thanks a heap. 5 star favourite.
ongissim6 years ago
Cool, at least one person reads the Firefox documentation.