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Does firefox search have an OR operator ... find "Ann" OR "Mary" ?

A plugin would also be an alternative, but I haven't been able to find any that does something similar.

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Do you mean a search in Firefox of a webpage you're visiting or a search engine you've visited with Firefox? If you mean searches in Firefox, I don't think you can do this, but there may be a plugin (none leap to mind). – Telemachus Nov 7 '09 at 23:41
I mean ... uhmm, Ctrl-F search. Sorry, thought it was clear enough :( – Rook Nov 7 '09 at 23:58

If you are using the Google search plugin on your Firefox,

"Ann" OR "Mary"

should work.

It will also work at the Google search page directly.

If you are referring to the Firefox Quickfind (at the bottom of the window),
I think there are just two controls to reach it -- the '/' and the '''.
They can be reprogrammed (to use different keys), but further things are not supported.
Here is a Mozilla KB article on that.
Would like to know if other operators can work with the Quickfind.

There are a few addons for the find bar -- but mostly for cosmetics.
The firefox findbar is quite integrated -- firefox XUL findbar ref

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Or in fact any search plugin. They all operate on the same principles (of course someone will now prove me wrong). – ChrisF Nov 7 '09 at 23:33
I half wonder if he means CTRL-F: searches of a page's content in Firefox. In which case, I think that the answer is "No." – Telemachus Nov 7 '09 at 23:41
@Telemachus - exactly. I thought it was clear under "firefox search" ... while this is "google search" or whatever other. – Rook Nov 7 '09 at 23:59

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