25 Useful Firefox Smart Keywords
|Published:||Mar 26, 2008|
|Related OS:||OS X / Windows / Linux|
Two weeks ago I told you how to streamline searching and browsing in Firefox with Smart Keywords. Smart Keywords allow you to jump straight to a web site or, more interestingly, perform a search at any of your favorite sites, just by typing a few characters into the address bar. In that article I showed you how to create Smart Keywords to search Google Maps; in this article I'll show you 25 of my favorite and most useful Smart Keywords.
How to use this list
Below you'll find the list of 25 Smart Keywords; each has a description, a URL (with that magic %s placeholder I told you about in the previous article), the keyword itself, and an example of its usage. There are two ways you can use the list:
You can download them all at once and import them into Firefox. This is the method I recommend and requires the least effort, and after you import them you can customize them to your liking or delete the ones you don't want. Here's how to do it:
Right-click on this link and choose "Save Link As..." and save the file to your hard drive, on your Desktop or in My Documents, for example.
Open Firefox's Bookmarks Manager by selecting Organize Bookmarks... from the Bookmarks menu.
Go to File > Import..., choose the From File option, and click Next. In the file dialog that appears, find the file that you just downloaded (smartkeywords.html), and click on the Open button.
That's it! They'll all be imported at once into their own folder in your Bookmarks. You can browse them, change their keywords, or remove ones you don't want by using the Bookmarks Manager.
Or you can pick and choose the ones you want from the list below, which I don't recommend unless you want just a few of them. This is a little trickier because using this method they won't have keywords or descriptions, so you'll have to add those manually. Here's how to do it:
Right-click on the URL for the Smart Keyword you want and choose Bookmark This Link...
In the dialog that appears, give it a meaningful name, choose or create a folder to put it in, and click OK.
Now give it a keyword by finding it in the Bookmarks menu or Bookmarks Manager, right-clicking on it and choosing Properties, entering a keyword (I've written my recommended keywords below), and clicking on OK.
You'll have to repeat this process for each of the Smart Keywords you want.
The list itself is below. If you followed method A above, each Smart Keyword was imported with a description that you can view in the Bookmarks Manager. Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and use it as your reference.
Search Amazon.comExample: amazon confederacy of dunces
Search eBay auctionsExample: ebay used iphone
Compare prices at PriceGrabberExample: pg nikon digital camera
Google web searchExample: g video editing tutorial
Google Images searchExample: images Sergey Brin
Google Maps local searchExample: map restaurants near Iowa City, IA
Google News searchExample: news sub-prime mortgages
Search your Gmail messagesExample: gmail baby pictures
Note: Requires a free Gmail account
Compose an email message with GmailExample: email email@example.com
Note: Requires a free Gmail account
Search your Google Reader feedsExample: reader amazon kindle
Note: Requires a free Google Reader account
Search YouTube videosExample: youtube leave britney alone
Search for video and TV shows on HuluExample: hulu firefly
Search Metacritic reviewsExample: mc toy story 2
Search TV shows at TV.comExample: tv the office
Search Internet Movie Database (IMDb)Example: imdb apocalypse now
Search for synonyms at Thesaurus.comExample: thes enthusiastic
Get the weather forecast from the Weather ChannelExample: weather indianapolis, in
Search encyclopedia entries at WikipediaExample: wp battle of trafalgar
Search for information on Answers.comExample: answers home equity loan
Get human-powered search results at MahaloExample: mahalo chocolate rain
Search Facebook friends, groups, pages, etc.Example: fb dawn smith
Note: Requires a free Facebook account
Yahoo! web searchExample: y backpacking tips
Technorati blog searchExample: blogs obama speech
Instantly bookmark current page on del.icio.us
Note: Requires a free del.icio.us account. This Smart Keyword was originally published at Lifehacker.
Search your del.icio.us bookmarks by tagExample: del firefox+tips
Note: Requires a free del.icio.us account. For this Smart Keyword you'll have to replace YOUR_DELICIOUS_USERNAME with your own del.icio.us username.
Video & entertainment
That's all 25, but I'm sure seasoned Firefox users among my readers have their own to share. If you do, please post them in the comments below!
Blogger since 1999, Jordan Running went pro in 2005 and never looked back. Sometimes programmer, occasional photographer, and serial tinkerer, he decided to to switch to Linux in 2001 but just hasn't quite gotten around to it yet.