New Firefox feature: add smart keywords from form fields.

In: Mozilla

13 Apr 2004

I haven’t been getting nightly builds recently and I just did so when I noticed at The Burning Edge that 2004-04-11 builds include this new “Add keyword for this search” feature. Now that is so useful because the old way of doing this is so non-intuitive and difficult to explain to non-technical users (who really wants to do the “%s” thing other than people like us?).

Screenshot of the right-click interface to add smart keywords in Mozilla Firefox

I went in to Bonsai to check out the CVS checkins to the code and Ben Goodger had this CVS comment:

provide a convenient way for adding smart keywords for web page searches by adding a context menu to form fields with HTTP-GET form actions.

So it works only on GET form fields – I was wondering why it didn’t work for just any textbox. This was checked in on 2004-04-09, so I may be a little behind, but it is too good a feature not to talk about. UI improvements are so crucial and so much more important to naive users (naive in the nice sense of the word) because all they ever think of Firefox is the interface. More please, and thank you!

8 Responses to New Firefox feature: add smart keywords from form fields.



April 13th, 2004 at 3am

Thanks for all your awesome posts on new Firefox features, they are very helpful when choosing when to upgrade a nightly and for general Firefox stuff.

Noticed you use EditCSS, while this is an awesome extension, I used to always use it. A few funxctions broke in Firefox 0.8 and nightlies (load and a few others). Thank God, the WebDeveloper extension now contains it’s own version of EditCSS, which is slightly better. Just letting you know as Dynamically editing CSS is probably the best thing that has happened to Wed development in a long time!



April 13th, 2004 at 3am

one bad side effect from this is that it makes the menu wide and big instead of nice and compact.


Luke Reeves

April 13th, 2004 at 9am

Whoah. That’s pretty awesome. Firebird is progressing in leaps and bounds, and I’m loving it.


Cheah Chu Yeow

April 13th, 2004 at 9pm

Jed: Thanks for the compliments!

Thank God, the WebDeveloper extension now contains it’s own version of EditCSS, which is slightly better.

Ack I actually didn’t know that until you pointed it out. But it seems a little slower and hangs Firefox for a bit, at least on my setup.


Aaron Wormus

July 16th, 2004 at 7pm

That’s pretty cool!

A little plug here, for my favorite project, if you come up with some cool custom keywords, please add them to my wiki…

You can then download an importable list of bookmarks to import into your browser!


Shantanu Oak

August 8th, 2004 at 9pm

Thanks for pointing out “Add a keyword” option available on context menu. I was looking for an easy solution to add keywords and I did not know that it’s right there!


hao2lian's [email protected]

April 13th, 2004 at 5am

Smart Smart Keywords
Firefox has added a “Add a Keyword for this Search…” for the context menu whenever you right-click a HTTP-GET form field.



August 4th, 2005 at 1am

I’m using 1.06 and yet I don’t see “Add Keyword for this Search” in the context menu. Any ideas why that would be?