Smart keywords are an easy way to search specific websites directly from the Firefox Location bar. Instead of going to the targeted website, finding the search function, and executing the search, you can search the website using Firefox, while you are at any website.

Sounds good. Directions are:

To create a smart keyword:

  1. Visit the page on the target website that has the search field that you would normally use to search the site.
  2. Right-click on the search field. Select Add a Keyword for this Search....

What does these directions mean?

What or where is the search field?

new way

It used to be like this:

old way

I'm can adapt. Or, maybe not. Can't figure out this new way. My system:

thufir@dur:~$ firefox -v
Mozilla Firefox 64.0
thufir@dur:~$ lsb_release -irc
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Release:    18.10
Codename:   cosmic

I'm not seeing the option for http://www.onelook.com/


Must be my system or the way I'm using it.

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    I like the second way because I can see the icons and I don't have top type anything. – karel Dec 28 '18 at 15:59
  • I know. But I'd like to at least try these new fangled gadgets these from those whippernsnappers at Firefox. – Thufir Dec 28 '18 at 16:00
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    I'm honestly not sure what you're confused about. Your two screenshots (Wikipedia and OneLook) clearly show the "Add a Keyword for this Search..." button. – wjandrea Dec 29 '18 at 18:35
  • Whoops, I must've had "smart" as something I was looking for. – Thufir Dec 29 '18 at 20:08

Right-click in the search bar on the website itself. The Add a keyword for this search option should then be visible. (I use it for onelook.com, myself.)

You may need to click in the search input (where you type), not on the search button itself (the magnifying glass in your Wikipedia screenshot).

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  • I'm inclined to accept this as the answer; possibly I have some other problem. I right clicked in the search box for onelook where I would type a search term. – Thufir Dec 28 '18 at 16:19

Based on the second screenshot, you want to add a search engine, not a keyword.

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  • Pardon, I'll clarify the question. I want to use smark keywords – Thufir Dec 28 '18 at 16:07
  • I crack myself up. – Thufir Dec 29 '18 at 12:11

That seems to create a shortcut like I'm used to reading a particular article again and again or need it once in a while. So, I'll create a new keyword associated to search for that article to conveniently access it which will eventually get displayed in Bookmarks. For example if I create a smart keyword for Ask Ubuntu and assign it keyword "ab" (which I want to search).

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then whenever I enter "ab" in address bar automatically it will show me Ask Ubuntu and try to search ab there.

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To add a search engine, click on 3 horizontal dots and click Add Search Engine

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To change search engine while searching, click on enter image description here

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Also, Firefox has merged search and address bar. To separate it if you prefer it separated, go to Preferences→Search→Add Search bar in toolbar.

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  • Interesting. I'm not seeing the "keyword" option. I do have "tags" when I add a bookmark. More digging on my part required. – Thufir Dec 28 '18 at 16:48
  • @Thufir You're not supposed bookmark the page. Instead right-click in the search box in a webpage and select "Add a keyword for this Search..." option (as shown in your first screenshot with Wikipedia). Then you'll see the pop-up as in the first screenshot in this answer. Seems like you're confused between smart keyword and a search engine. This answer is by far the most detailed answer that explains both the notions imo. – pomsky Dec 29 '18 at 11:52
  • @Thufir I would just add once you added the keyword xyz for somesite.com then typing "xyz your search term" in the addressbar would search for your search term in somesite.com and show the search results. This is how smart keywords work. – pomsky Dec 29 '18 at 12:04

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