Firefox – New One Click Search review – How to use, disable and manage it

Hello dear readers and followers! Sorry for this delayed post, I didn’t scheduled it last week! O_o

Today’s article is about Firefox new One Click Search feature.

If your browser is up-to-date and it’s Firefox, you must have noticed a few changes since the last updates. One of those is the different search system.

I thought I’d do a quick review since my first impression was not so good and after doing some research and tests, I’ve concluded that it’s a bit better, but still needs improvement.

What about speed?

My first searches using the new system were a real pain in the a$$: I couldn’t use my usual keyboard shortcut to change the search engine! (Alt+Arrow_Down) So, after some research, I was finally able to adjust and get back on track.

Lemme show you!

Let’s search 3 terms in 3 different tabs using 3 different search engines; the first search is made using the browser’s default configured search engine (Ex. : Ixquick).

Here’s how it goes, without using the mouse of course :

Old Search Box

Ctrl+E, search_term1, Enter

Ctrl+T,Ctrl+E, search_term2, Alt+Arrow_Down, Arrow_Down, Arrow_Down, choose Bing, Enter, Enter,

Ctrl+T,Ctrl+E, search_term2, Alt+Arrow_Down, Arrow_Down, Arrow_Down, Arrow_Down, choose Google, Enter, Enter,

One Click Search steps

Ctrl+E, search_term1, Enter

Ctrl+T,Ctrl+E, search_term2, Arrow_Up, Arrow_Up, choose Bing, Enter

Ctrl+T,Ctrl+E, search_term2, Arrow_Up, Arrow_Up, Arrow_Up, choose Google, Enter

What about old school?

If you prefer the old version, it’s very simple to switch back :

Type about:config in the URL bar

Search for (Ctrl+F) : “oneoff” which will find “browser.search.showOneOffButtons

Double-click it to turn it to False

Restart Firefox

BUG – Removing search providers

With the new search system, you can’t “remove” search providers, only disable them. If you’re like me and prefer removing things completely, you’ll need to switch to the old search system and then remove the search providers you don’t want. BUT, if you have the new One Click Search, I DON’T recommend you do that; you won’t be able to add again the “removed” search providers as they will NOT be removed from Firefox. It’s a bug.

Good news everyone

Finally, one of the cool feature, is you can add website search strait in your browser’s search bar. When it detects a search box on a website, you can add it to your search engines! For example, if you want to quickly search articles on this blog without loading the blog every time, you simply add it to your search engines. Problem is, you can’t rename them… it’s sometimes hard to tell which icon is for which website.

In conclusion, Firefox’s Once Click Search is nice, but it’s far from ready. IMO, it’s an incomplete system that should’ve been delayed before being pushed to the public…

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

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