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As the web browsing addict that I am I visit quite a few different websites during a day. This leaves my Firefox history filled with websites and their associated pages.

Example of history:

  • stackoverflow.com
  • stackoverflow.com/questions
  • stackoverflow.com/questions/somerandomquestion
  • stackoverflow.com/questions/another random question
  • ux.stackexchange.com
  • ux.stackexchange.com/questions

When I open a new tab and start writing 'st', firefox will return all of the above urls I visited.

Now I am wondering if it is possible, with some kind of configuration and/or Firefox addon to filter these results into a more user-friendly format.

I'm looking for a way to present url suggestions as follows:

  • stackoverflow.com
  • [+] more results from stackoverflow.com
  • ux.stackexchange.com
  • [-] results from ux.stackexchange.com
  • ux.stackexchange.com/questions
  • ux.stackexchange.com/questions/somerandomquestionivisit

This would make my web browsing activities much more relaxing, as I usually go the the homepage of a site and browse from there, rather than going to a very specific page on that website first.

Is this possible?

If no such add-on / configuration exists, how would I go about creating such a add-on myself? ( assuming that keeps within the scope of the question )

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This is a great question, I wonder if there is a chrome extension for this. –  MaxMackie Aug 20 '11 at 14:42
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You could filter the results using special characters.

  • Add ^ to search for matches in your browsing history
  • Add * to search for matches your bookmarks
  • Add + to search for matches in pages you've tagged
  • Add @ to search for pages that have web addresses (URLs) that match what you've typed
  • Add # to search for pages that have titles or tag names that match what you've typed
  • Add % to search for pages in currently open tabs that match what you've typed

So typing st * would show results only from the bookmarks. If you've bookmarked/tagged the homepages you can get only those.

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