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TR Dojo Challenge: How can you use any Web site's search feature directly from the Firefox address bar?

Firefox let's you quickly access any Web site's search directly from the address bar. If you know how, you could earn a TechRepublic coffee mug.

TechRepublic Search box

Depending on which version of Firefox you have and how your installation is configured, you likely have a handy Search box on your Navigation toolbar. This box gives you quick access to several search engines. No need to navigate to Google, Bing, or Yahoo, just select one of the available engines as the default and enter your query.

This process is great for search engines, but what if you want to use the search feature of a Web site that's not a search engine—TechRepublic for instance? Luckily, Firefox has a built-in feature that does just this. Using this feature you can configure the browser to use TechRepublic's site search directly from Firefox's address bar. For example, you could search for Windows 7 tips on TechRepublic by simply entering "tr windows 7 tips" into the address bar.

So, here's the question: How can you use any Web site's search feature directly from the Firefox address bar?

About the TR Dojo Challenge Series

Each Wednesday, I publish a new question designed to test the technical skills and IT prowess of our TechRepublic members. You can submit an answer to the question by posting it within this post's discussion thread.

I'll accept answer submissions for one week after I post the question. At the end of the week, I'll consider the question closed and review the answers. The member, who submits the first best answer, will be featured in a follow-up TR Dojo Challenge article, posted the following week. For being featured on the site, they will also earn themselves a bit of TechRepublic swag-a coffee mug and laptop sticker.

The rules:

Only answers submitted within one week of the initial question's publication date will be considered for the follow-up article and swag.

All answers must be original and must consist of more than a link or links to third-party resources.

I will choose the correct response from the answers submitted and my decision is final.

Good Luck!


Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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