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I consult a lot of different searchable sites for information, and I was wondering if there's an add-on or inbuilt feature to have Firefox use a different search engine on-the-fly.

For example, if I wanted to search wikipedia specifically, I would type something like

wp Cats

and it would search Wikipedia for cats. I would want to be able to have multiple different search providers that I could switch between using this methodology.

Does an addon exist for this or would I have to create such an addon?

I remember in Opera you could do something like this.

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No need for an add-on, it is built in into Firefox (as well as Chrome). Here is how to do it (source: Mozilla Support)

  • Visit the page on the target website that has the search field that you would normally use to search the site.
  • Right-click on the search field. Select Add a Keyword for this Search....
  • The Add Bookmark dialog appears. Enter an appropriate name for the bookmark (e.g. "The Internet Movie Database"). Create a keyword (e.g. "imdb").
  • Select the bookmark folder to contain the smart keyword. Click OK

To use the created smart bookmark, enter the keyword and the search string in the Location bar and then press Enter.

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