How to Add a Right Click Search Menu to Firefox
By on March 9th, 2010

ff-logo Would you like to be able to highlight words on a page and choose the search engine or a site to look them up? This can be done in most web browsers, but it may not be a built-in feature.

A while back, I told you How to Add a Right Click Search Menu to Internet Explorer.   Now I’ll tell you how to add this to Firefox. Here’s what it looks like:

smartsearch

As you can see above, the word RSSis highlighted on the page. A right click on the highlighted word, brings up the context menu(or right click menu).

To add the Search formenu item, we’ll need to install an addon to Firefox. There are a few addons which add this type of function, but I like the SmartSearch addon.

Do you see all of the search engines listed in that menu? Those won’t be there when you use this addon the first time. You have to add them yourself. It’s easy to do, and the beauty of this is that you can add only the sites you like to search. Nobody will be giving you a pre-made list that they think you’ll like.

Here’s how to add a site to the Search formenu after SmartSearch is installed. I’m going to use Download.com as an example.

Go to download.com

When you see the search box, right click on it and choose Add a Keyword for this Search.

firefox-add-keyword-search

Next, you’ll need to fill out the name of the search and add your own short keywordfor it (as shown). You can see that I’ve chosen the two letters DLas the keyword.

firefox-add-keyword-search2

Notice that the Folder says Bookmarks Menu. You are actually better off creating a new folder for all of your searches. I chose to call my folder quicksearch.

After saving, you’ll have a new search in your right click Search formenu.

There’s an additional benefit. Since you have a keywordon the bookmark, you can search from your address bar using that keyword. If you want to search for browsersat download.com, just type dl browsers  into the address bar and the results from download.com will quickly fill your page.

Here’s where to install SmartSearchfor Firefox.

Be sure to check out some of the other cool Firefox addons we’ve talked about in the past.

Happy searching!

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  • Daniel

    Nice find!

    Hope there's a way to backup your search links with keywords. I suppose if you have Foxmarks installed there's no problem there.

    • http://clifnotes.net Clif

      Yes Daniel, the search links are only simple bookmarks. They can be backed up or synced like any other bookmarks.

      Thanks for the comment.

  • Lauren S.

    I just discovered this and I have to say, this is super cool. Thanks for the how-to!

  • chandrasekhar

    Context menu is not displaying in Mozilla Firefox 4.0.1.
    My application having our own context menus insted of default context menus.

    but it is not working , can anybody help…

  • http://www.clicktoapp.com Giron

    hey do you know this tool here: http://www.clicktoapp.com
    This is similar but very easy and free. you just mark a word, press strg c or right click copy and then you can send the word or pic or something else to many different webpages like youtube, twitter, facebook wikipedia and many more!
    Would be interested what you think about it…

 
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