If you’re obsessed with using the keyboard instead of the mouse as much as possible, and you have chosen to use the best web browser out there, Firefox, then Smart Keywords is the feature that will make your day and save you a lot of time!
I tried them out a long time ago, but this summer is the first time I started to use them extensively and now I’m completely hooked! The idea is that you assign a keyword to one of your bookmarks. Let’s say that you regularly visit the Fucked. web site and you want to be taken to it as fast as possible. All you do is add a keyword to your Fucked. bookmark, for instance “f”, and then all you have to do is enter “f” in the address field, press Enter and you’re taken there.
Liking that, you immediately think of how to add keywords to custom searches you do in different web sites. And you know what? It’s very easy to do that too! Just go the web site and the search you’re interested in, right-click in the search field and click on the option “Add a Keyword for this Search”. After that you just enter the chosen keyword in the address bar, enter a space and then the word/-s you’re looking for, and a search will automatically be performed at the bookmark’s web site.
So, let’s say you have added the keyword “g” for your Google search bookmark and want to search for “Robert”. Then you set focus to the address bar, through Ctrl/Cmd + L or
and a Google search for “Robert” will be performed.
There are some web sites that don’t support the context menu way of doing it, or if you, for example, want to search Flickr for a certain tag, then you can manually adapt your Smart Keyword bookmark to go whatever URL you want and automatically add the search string you enter to it. Simply substitute where you want the search string enter to occur in the URL with “%s” and you’re set!
It gets even better when you add a keyword to any of the bookmarklets you might use. Let’s say you have the Google Bookmark-bookmarklet, then you can just enter your preferred keyword to instantly get the pop-up where you can add the current URL as a bookmark to the Google Bookmark service.
Happy Smart Keywording! 🙂