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Up to and including Firefox 3 I could press Ctrl+E to switch focus to the search text box - old habits hard to change, I'd rather not adapt to Ctrl+K for this. Is there a way I can change the shortcut back to Ctrl+E?

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I think you want keyconfig. There appears to be a version available for FF5:

More info here:

XPI here:

Fair warning, I haven't tried to get keyconfig working in FF5. But I have used a version of keyconfig with older versions of FF as well as with Thunderbird and it does what you want: lets you remap key configurations to suit your preferences.

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This addon XPI here: works in FF5. i've tried it. @steve is right. – Ashutosh Dave Nov 9 '11 at 13:46

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