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I would like to know if there is a keyboard shortcut for switching the search engine in the search bar in Firefox. The current way to do is clicking on the down arrow beside the icon, but I am looking for a quick keyboard shortcut.

Checked the Firefox help, it just has this regarding the switching of search engines in search bar.

I need this, as I need to frequently switch between Google and the internal intranet search engine.

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  1. Click at the icon
  2. Select "Manage Search Engines…"
  3. Select the search engine you want to set a shortcut for
  4. Click on "Edit keyword…"
  5. Give a shortcut, e.g. "g" for Google

Now you can type into the address bar the chosen search shortcut followed by what you like to search. Example: g weather berne.

To switch to the address bar with the keyboard, use the shortcut Ctrl+L. You could also open a new tab (Ctrl+T), because it sets the focus to the address bar automatically.

By the way: this works for nearly all search fields on any website. Just right-click on a search field and select "Add a keyword for this search…" (don't know the actual English translation). Instead of adding this search to the search widget, Firefox saves it as a bookmark.

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Perfect.......:) –  mtk Sep 13 '12 at 10:24
The universal 'Add a keyword' is really helpful. Didn't know about it. Thanks –  mtk Sep 13 '12 at 11:46
this doesn't work anymore. I wonder why firefox has removed it... My workflow has slow down a bit since they removed this. –  David 天宇 Wong Dec 10 '14 at 14:29
@David天宇Wong: I can’t test the new version currently, but I assume you only refer to the first solution (via search engine) I described, right? Hopefully the second solution (via bookmark) still works. I think it was never really needed to offer two different ways to achieve almost the same. –  unor Dec 10 '14 at 15:20
@unor wow! I didn't see that second part of your answer. This is awesome, and so secretely hidden. How do you erase that if you don't want it anymore? –  David 天宇 Wong Dec 10 '14 at 18:06

There is a shortcut for exactly this task: from the search bar, press control + Down(Next)/Up(Previous).

Source - Shortcuts for firefox in lifehacker.com: http://lifehacker.com/139495/hack-attack-mouse+less-firefox

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cntrl + Down/Up is not working anymore since version 34.0. Does anybody know how to do it now? –  Akronix Dec 8 '14 at 21:55

You can use Ctrl+K or Ctrl+E to focus on the search bar and then use Ctrl+/ as per Akronix's answer.

Unor's method in conjunction with Ctrl+L is of course a lot faster for everyday use.

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