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Firefox smart keywords

A really neat feature, probably unknown to many Firefox users: You can create “smart keywords”. For example, I have defined a smart keyword for a Wikipedia search, so now, when I type into the location bar:

wiki: cycle path

it searches Wikipedia for that term (and I end up on the Wikpedia entry for segregated cycle facilities).

John Bokma has a good explanation on how to define these, both manually and somewhat automatically. As usual, the manual way to do this lets you implement more customized searches.

A few examples of searches I have defined:

Keyword Location Description
wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?search=%s Searches the English Wikpedia site
imdb: http://imdb.com/find?q=%s Searches imdb.com
lx: http://www.google.com/linux?q=%s Google Linux search
urc: http://groups.google.com/groups?as_q=%s&as_ugroup=uk.rec.cycling Searches Google Groups for posts made to the uk.rec.cycling newsgroup

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