tip: use Keywords to search directly from URL bar

i got tired of accessing thesaurus dot com through a search engine. so i made it easier:

the URL for the word "increase" looked like this:

make a bookmark. open FF's "Library" / bookmark manager (ctrl-shift-b on windows). find the bookmark. replace the search term ("increase") with %s and add a Keyword ("thes" in my case)

now in URL bar, i can type "thes" followed by any word to arrive at the relevant thesaurus page.

friendly beings, access your history with Ctrl-Shift-H (or your preferred OS' equivalent). don't futz about with that wimpy history sidebar. enjoy more powerful sorting and search in the Library window.

similarly, use Ctrl-Shift-B to access your browser's full bookmark-management powers, including the rad ability to assign them Keywords.

Keywords are surprisingly handy and powerful, and can streamline your daily browsing even if you don't normally use bookmarks. see here:

another example: here's a handy Firefox bookmark + keyword search that lets you quickly translate a url into english 

@gatewave I do the same thing! t for thesaurus, d for dictionary, w for wikipedia, yt for youtube. Lowest possible barrier to entry for looking things up has made it a lot easier to maintain the illusion that I know a thing or two

@matt cool! yeah, it's super useful. sometimes i have to do something a bunch of times in a row before i think "oh, maybe i should automate this"

i use y for youtube. no offense pal but that's twice as efficient as yt :O

@gatewave duckduckgo could be used similarly, if it is your default search engine just add "!t" for thesaurus or "!d" for dictionary, find out more with "!bang"
disclaimer: I don't sell duckduckgo nor ddg accessories, just a regular user

@gatewave absolutely agree. I cannot go back to browsers without search engine shortcuts.

And I recently learned that you can right click on search boxes as a shortcut to adding them manually!

Ooooooooor you just use duck duck go, which has thousands of “bangs", as your search provider and type in "!t increase". Check out

@gatewave bookmarks is Ctrl+Shift+O on mine, and I have no idea why

The most useful thing for me in that window is being able to search history, ctrl+a the results, and delete. It's slow as hell but means my url bar is less cluttered up with junk results

@flussence ah, you may find the Historia add-on useful

it can both prune all history past a certain age (on an ongoing basis), and (more advanced) let you set special filters such that anything that matches is immediately deleted from history as soon as you visit the site. effectively, never in your history.

@gatewave long time fan and user of search keywords. it makes the browser address bar feel a little more like a command line interface, which seems like a concept with significant untapped potential.

@jplebreton yeah, good analogy. i really appreciate how much i get done in Firefox with a select few keyboard shortcuts and keywords. i wonder how much more optimization is possible.

Vimperator was a typing-focused Unix-y FF addon famously killed by FF57 that some hardcore users swore by, ever see it? might be your jam.

@jplebreton got curious. here's a summary of the state of Vimperator-alikes from 18 months ago:

Vim Vixen has the most users atm:

Tridactyl is gone from AMO now(?) but seems to have a healthy github:

i'll be lookin' into what these are like to use later

@gatewave yeah, i'm familiar with Vimperator and tried using it for a while years ago - i'm just not a Vim user, i don't like its use of modes. i used various Emacs-like keybind addons over the years, but i think they all perished in the same great addon overhaul of '57.

@jplebreton ah.

i'm skeptical about this concept overall but i should give it a try to be more informed.

@gatewave Vim is very quick to bring up and so has always been what I use when I need to make a one or two line edit to a file, but if I need to do any actual composing, I want to be able to navigate the text spatially and Emacs-style binds have always fit more naturally into my brain+fingers for that. Going in and out of edit mode in Vim has always been a cognitive speedbump for me and I've never gotten the hang of formulating clever commands in it (eg "10 words ahead")...

@gatewave Commands and modes take my brain away from the text, whereas spatial navigation is something my hands can do without needing to check in with my brain. Other people obviously handle the switching really well and I'm fascinated by that.

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