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How To Create Customized Bookmarks tutorial for Firefox

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What is a customized bookmark?

In Firefox, when you type "google blah" (without quotes) in the address bar, it searches Google for any sites with the word blah. You can also try "dict blah" (without quotes), and it will search dictionary.com for the definition of blah. Now try "slang blah" (w/o quotes). It should have given you the urban definition of blah.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make those for your own sites.

The Steps

Find a site
First, find a site with a search engine that will display what you searched in the address bar. Here's one: http://forums.xisto.com. See the search box on the right? I will be making a bookmark for that site (which is mine) today.
Get its search URL
Once you have your site, try searching for something using the site's search engine. I chose the word "joke" for mine. The search URL is
Notice that I replaced "joke" with %s.
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Go to the Bookmarks Manager
Now that you have the site, do the following:
In Firefox, go to Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks
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In the Bookmarks Manager, click on "New Bookmark..."
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For the name, enter something descriptive about the page you chose. I chose, "The Daily Ramblings"

For Location, enter the search URL.

For Keyword, enter something that you will easily remember. To search Google, the keyword is "google". Dictionary.com is "dict". Urbandictionary.com is "slang". Create something memorable. I chose "sang" for mine.

Description is optional
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Click on OK, and exit out of the Bookmarks Manager

Testing the Customized Bookmark

  • In the address bar, type "
sang pickup lines" (without quotes), and you should see all my blog entries that contain the words pickup or lines.
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Awesome, huh?


Wanna make one for Yahoo! ?

  • Search URL =
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See how I replaced "potentially+funny+kitten+pictures" with "%s" in the search URL?

Fill in the blanks:
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Wanna make one for Google Images?

  • Search URL =


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Fill in the blanks:
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That's it!

If you have any questions, feel free to post it.

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Yes, good topic! Here are some more searches that I have and that I think people around here might find useful:


Webdev searches:

W3C (X)HTML validator: http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=%s

W3C CSS validator: http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/

Website report: http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/

If you are wondering how big a page of your is, how long it would take someone on a certain speed connection to download it, and get some nice statistics, use this (doesn't work with framed pages).

Running what?: http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph/?host=%s

Check what kind of server a site is running, and with some luck the uptime as well

Ping: http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/ping.ch/?ip=%25s

Whois: http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/whois.ch/?ip=%25s


Dictionary.com: http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/

Mirriam-Webster: http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/

Cambridge dictionary: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/

Urban dictionary: http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/


Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%25s

Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/

File extension seach: http://filext.com/file-extension.php?extension=%3Fs

Ever seen a file extension and wondered what kind of file it was? Wonder no more!

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Argh! I should have added what kind of things you should fill in as search terms of course!All the webdev searches take full URL's as search terms, except the last three which also can manage with just a domain name.For all others you pretty much just fill in the word you are looking for.

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