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There's an easy but convoluted way to add keyword shortcuts to Mozilla's URL address bar. A convenient one to add enables searches with a search engine of your choice (Google, for example). Note that you can also set the search preference through the Prefs fields, but this method saves a keystroke or two.

First, you need to open Mozilla's preferences. Go to the Navigator -> Smart Browsing section and check the "Enable Internet Keywords" checkbox and hit OK.

Create a new bookmark (any page; it doesn't matter which one), and open the Bookmark Manager (command-B). Right- or control-click on the new bookmark and choose the "Properties" option in the popup contextual menu.

In the new window, with the "Info" tab in front, rename the bookmark as Google Search or something, and for the location, delete what's there and paste:
For the Keyword, put something that you want to use to preceed your searches; I use "?". Description doesn't matter. Now hit OK, and you should be groovin'. Go ahead and search Google using the new shortcut -- type "? search_term" and hit enter, and you should hop right to the results page for "search_term".

The more generic application of this example is the use of the keyword field. Want to quickly access macosxhints, for example? Just type an "x" in the "Keyword" field of the macosxhints bookmark property panel. Now you can get here by simply typing "x" in the address field. This trick is especially useful for sites that you'd like to get to quickly but not necessarily keep in the location bar at the top of the screen.

I hope you learned something today about Mozilla's Internet Keywords; now you can apply this in bettering your browsing experience in countless ways.

[Editor's note: The use of keywords was completely new to me ... but now that I've tried it, I've added a bunch in the last 24 hours! My personal toolbar was quite full, so now I've added one- or two-key access to a number of other sites.]
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OmniWeb, Launchbar
Authored by: russh on Apr 18, '02 02:50:37PM
Just by way of information OmniWeb has the same feature. In fact, a Google keyword is built in: Just type "google [search phrase] [RETURN]". You can, of course, change the keyword to "g" or "?" or whatever you prefer.

As a LaunchBar user, this concept is old hat. I open Apps, documents, favorite web sites, etc all from the keyboard. To get to this site I hit "[CTRL-SPACE]hin[RETURN]"

The beauty part, I didn't have to set up anything special (other than bookmarking Mac OS X Hints) to make that happen. LaunchBar is very intelligent and remembers your preferences.

If you haven't tried LaunchBar, give it a spin from Versiontracker. In my view, it's the Finderpop of OS X... truly changes the way you interact with your Mac.

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OmniWeb: Add keyword shortcuts
Authored by: tinb on Apr 19, '02 02:26:09AM

To add your own keyword shortcuts to OmniWeb, open Preferences, choose Shortcuts and add lines similar to these (first Shortcut, then Destination URL):


The examples works then as '? macosxhints' or 'vers OmniWeb'. Don't include the "'"!

CU, Robert

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Mozilla VT Search shortcut?
Authored by: kerim on Jun 23, '02 03:25:09PM

I tried the above omniweb shortcut for searching version tracker in Mozilla and it doesn't work. Anyone able to make a functioning VersionTracker OSX search shortcut for mozilla?

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also . . .
Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 18, '02 02:53:12PM

Also, enabling Internet Keywords gives you quick access to the handy "quote XXXX" tool from to quickly check stock quotes.

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The Doc...
Authored by: risc_abacus on Apr 18, '02 02:59:55PM
Here is the 'official' Mozilla documentation for this tip How Cool are Custom Keywords?


I would suggest makeing a folder called shorties and sticking your keyword bookmark shortcuts in that folder.

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