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I am looking for a way to add a Chrome/Chromium-like behavior to Firefox. Using Chrome you can press Tab when opening a web page using the location bar, and then search the site-specific search engine using OpenSearch. Is there a way to do that in Firefox? It should also be able to automatically add the search engines without the need for manual interaction.

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Site-specific search? Do you mean OpenSearch? (As described in Chromium's Tab to Search?) – manatwork Oct 15 '13 at 14:46
@manatwork Yes. Sorry, I didn't know the term up to now. – dirkk Oct 15 '13 at 16:03
No problem. Actually the OpenSearch extension only provides the base functionality and you are asking for a specific way to access it. (So not sure if your edit was really needed.) Firefox supports OpenSearch, but personally I never met such thing like changing the search provider according to current URL. – manatwork Oct 15 '13 at 16:15
The extension "Add to Search Bar" gives you a step in that direction. – minopret Nov 10 '13 at 1:10
Firefox has a similar functionality though as of now adding is not automatic. – vWil Nov 19 '13 at 16:03

There are 2 possible solutions to add this functionality to Firefox.

  1. Smart Keyword - Built-in Firefox functionality to define a keyword for the search function on a specific site, and execute search in the location bar using keyword search_string then pressing Enter. Steps below (modified from link).

    1. Visit the page on the target website that has the search field that you wish to set as a keyword (e.g.
    2. Right-click on the search field and select Add a Keyword for this Search....
    3. In the New Bookmark dialog, enter an appropriate name for the bookmark (e.g. "IMDB Search"), and create a keyword (e.g. "imdb" or "").
    4. Select any bookmark folder to contain the smart keyword. Click OK.
    5. To use the created smart bookmark, open a new tab, and enter the keyword and the search string in the Location bar and then press Enter (e.g. imdb William Shatner).
  2. InstantFox Quick Search Add-on - An add-on to customize search shortcuts and autocomplete while typing. Manually define a search shortcut, then execute search in the location bar using shortcut search_string then pressing Enter (e.g. imdb William Shatner). More information here.

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This doesn't really answer my question as it doesn't add the search engines automatically and also doesn't comply to my restrictions explained in my comment…. – dirkk Feb 10 at 9:11

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