I though I’d share with you how you can really enhance your web searching by customizing the built-in search in Firefox, and perform more defined searching. If you aren’t aware of it, you have the possibility to add a lot more search engines to the Firefox search bar; a list of very interesting search engine add-ons can be found in the Search Engines web page.
Naturally, using the mouse to select the search field and a search engine is just tedious as well as strenuous, so let me provide the shortcuts you need to make your life easier:
Ctrl/Cmd + Kto set focus to the search field.
Ctrl/Cmd + arrow up/arrow downto change between installed search engines (focus has to be set to the search field first).
Alt/Option + arrow up/arrow downto display the list of installed search engines and then
arrow up/arrow downfollowed by
Enterto choose one of them (focus has to be set to the search field first).
You might find the search field to be too narrow, but that can easily be adjusted to your preferred width (however, I personally really think this should be an options setting). Another option is the Searchbar Autosizer extension, which automatically expands the search field as you type, if needed.