Is there any way to enable functionality to drag text to the Firefox Address bar to search Google? I want Firefox to work like Chrome, in that respect.

From LifeHacker:

But what most people probably don’t know is that it works with text, as well. Dragging the words “Digital Painting” to the tab bar opens up a new tab that immediately performs a search for those two words (typically in Google, but it uses whatever your default search is set to).

I'm comfortable with working in about:config, and I'd rather not have to install an add-on, if possible.

Note: I don't like to use the Search box, so I've removed it. I want FF to be as Chrome as possible with a single integrated "omnibox" (in this respect).

  • I don't think there is without using the search box. Is there a reason you're not using Chrome? :D
    – Vervious
    May 29, 2011 at 4:39
  • @Nano I do use Chrome >90% of the time on Windows. But for some reason, Firefox seems a bit more nicely integrated for Ubuntu than Chrome, so I might be using it more and more on Ubuntu. (Chrome still pwns for Windows, though. :) ) May 29, 2011 at 5:38
  • ) I see that's cool ahaha.
    – Vervious
    May 29, 2011 at 6:35

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The Firefox equivalent of this is to select the word or phrase. Then drag & drop the text into search field in the upper right corner of the browser.

This will perform a search on the highlighted text in the tab you're currently in, through the last used search engine selected.

  • I don't use the Search box. (I've removed it.) May 29, 2011 at 3:12

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