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Intro to Firefox

Downloading and Installing Firefox

Firefox's Features

Importing Preferences

Tabbed Browsing

Popup Blocking

Searches: Integrated and Keyword

Live Bookmarks

Themes and Extensions

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Searches: Integrated and Keyword

Firefox comes pre-built with an integrated Google search box. This search box also includes options for searching Amazon, Yahoo, and eBay, among other sites. Additionally, you have the option to add more search engines that various contributors have added. A list is compiled at .

By choosing a search engine and entering the terms here, you can launch searches anytime you like. Additionally, if you hold down Alt when you hit enter in the search box, you will launch the search in a new tab.

Another search feature in Firefox is the keyword search. Firefox’s keyword search allows you to assign a particular search engine to a keyword. Then when you enter a string of search terms in the location toolbar with the keyword before it, you’ll automatically launch a search in that search engine. To create a keyword search, you first need to find a search engine that has a text entry box. Then you right click on the entry box and select "add a keyword for this Search". Let’s create a keyword search for the University of Texas at Austin.

Go to the school’s homepage at and right click on the search engine on the main page.

You then have the option to give the keyword search a Name, keyword, and a location where it should be created. Firefox already has a folder called Quick Searches created; instead of having it mixed in with bookmarks, change the location to Quick Searches. Let’s enter University of Texas at Austin for the name and utexas for the keyword. After filling in the Name and keyword and choosing to create in Quick Searches, click OK and now you’ve created a keyword called utexas.

Now let’s try using it.


To use keywords, you enter the information to be searched for in the location bar, where the URL of what website your currently at is displayed. You start off with the keyword in this case, utexas, and then follow with the search words. In this case, let’s try "grants scholarships fellowships."


After hitting Enter in the location bar, Firefox searches using the engine the keyword is associated with and returns the results of that search engine. This allows you to set up quick searches for just about any search engine available on the Internet. Additionally, Firefox comes with some keywords already installed, such as google for Google, goto for I’m Feeling Lucky on Google, dict for, and quot to look up a stock symbol.

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