When I open a new tab the cursor focuses on the address bar. Is it possible to focus on the search bar by default?
You might be interested in the New Tab Searchbar addon, which solves exactly this problem. New tabs have focus redirected to the search bar.
While I'm not sure of the exact answer to your question, you can change the default search engine that the address bar uses. This tutorial explains how:
- At Firefox address bar, enter
about:configand press ENTER.
Filter: field, type
- You should see a Preference name of
keyword.URLin the list. Double click it, a
Enter String Valueinput box will appear.
- Replace the string with:
OKbutton and done!
This is not an exact answer either, but you can define short keywords to use in the address bar in order to use different search engines. E.g.
su to search in Super User (through Google) and
w for Wikipedia (through Google or directly).
To search for UltraEdit on Super User enter in the address bar:
How to install:
Bookmark a Google search where you have used
Then edit the bookmark (menu Bookmarks/Organize Bookmarks.../Bookmarks Menu/<select the bookmark - it is at the end>):
- Fill out the
keywordfield. E.g. with "su".
- Replace the word you used in the original search (CPU in the example above) with
Now searches in Super User can be done directly from the address bar, e.g.:
su firefox installer
(F6 toggles focus to the address bar.)
Finally found the answer to this
So now when I open a new tab I can just type the phrase I want to search in the address bar and get the results.