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I am using Firefox Developer Edition 57 and have search bar integrated with address bar like Chrome has. I like this feature, but have problems when I want to search for something that is or looks like URL; for example today I wanted to search for "mean.js".

In Chrome when I hit CTRL + K on keyboard (that's the way I invoke the search all of the time) ? is added in the very beginning of the address bar, which marks that whatever I enter is a search term. That way even if I enter a URL (like "mean.js") Chrome searches for that URL in the default search engine, instead of opening that URL. It seems it doesn't work that way in Firefox (even when I add ? manually).

Can I somehow force the Firefox to search for URL instead of opening it, when searching from the address bar?

  • Stick a ' at the front – DavidPostill Oct 18 '17 at 10:36
  • @DavidPostill When I do it, It searches for '<url> instead of just <url>. – Robert Kusznier Oct 18 '17 at 10:37
  • Yes, but the google search engine ignores the '. You get results not including the '. Try it. google.com/… – DavidPostill Oct 18 '17 at 10:42
  • Eg, one of the search results is Difference between MEAN.js and MEAN.io. There is no ' in there. – DavidPostill Oct 18 '17 at 10:43
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    @atype - Personally, I prefer separate search and address boxes, but the whole point of the question is that he wants to use the integrated combination box. Incidentally, even with separate boxes, quotes in the address box force a search. – AFH Oct 18 '17 at 12:17
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I personally use keywords for search engines, for ex.: "#qw www.url.lol" will search "www.url.lol" on Qwant. Go to "preferences > Search (tab)" and set new keywords to the search engines.

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    That is pretty good. Do you maybe know a way to bind one of those search keywords to a keyboard shortcut? – Robert Kusznier Oct 18 '17 at 13:25
  • From your system settings maybe. I'm using KDE, from shortcuts' settings i can add shortcuts to write entire senteces. Sorry for the delay. – Azarilh Oct 23 '17 at 22:22
  • Note that you can also set keywords conveniently by right-clicking into a search input. I've always had g as my keyword for Google, so my "shortcut" for "search instead of open" is Home+G+Space. That's not too bad, is it? – Christallkeks Dec 4 '17 at 11:57

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