Help me customize Firefox's Awesomebar behavior.
January 18, 2011 11:54 AM   Subscribe

How do I get Firefox to auto-resolve one word entries into the URL bar to .com, rather than initiating a google search?

Previously, Firefox would try to resolve any one word entry into the url bar as a .com url (i.e., typing 'example' would result in FF appending a .com to the end of it, bringing you to the url '').

Now the behavior triggers a google search. I believe this was introduced a while ago, when 3.0 was first released? Maybe even 2.0?

Is there any way to get the old behavior back?
posted by danny the boy to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)
posted by dave*p at 12:03 PM on January 18, 2011

Or maybe it's Shift+Enter. Not at a computer currently, sorry.
posted by dave*p at 12:04 PM on January 18, 2011

Control + Enter. Shift + Enter gives ".net" and Control + Shift + Enter gives ".org".
posted by Gridlock Joe at 12:09 PM on January 18, 2011 [1 favorite]

Ctrl-Enter does .com
Ctrl-Shift-Enter does .org
Shift-Enter does .net

I don't remember firefox behaving the way. But you might want to look at "domain guessing" and "internet keywords" on the mozilla website. You might have to fuck around with about:config or firefox's various config files. Just make sure you back up everything before you do that.
posted by I_pity_the_fool at 12:22 PM on January 18, 2011

The Configuration Mania plugin for Firefox has a setting for that at Browser > SmartBrowsing > Domain Guessing.
posted by bricoleur at 2:04 PM on January 18, 2011

Go to about:config. Type in keyword. replace keyword.url to
posted by trogdole at 6:53 PM on January 18, 2011

Sorry, read the post wrong. That would be the opposite of what you wanted to do.
posted by trogdole at 6:55 PM on January 18, 2011

I_pity_the_fool's advice works on Firefox.

I myself use Yubnub by adding it to my keyword.url. It one-ups the awesomebar into a sort of web command bar, so "lart daft punk" takes me to Daft Punk's page, and "wp metafilter" takes me to the Wikipedia entry for Metafilter.

Vastly underhyped service, that.
posted by Senza Volto at 7:10 PM on January 18, 2011

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