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Firefox Super Search Brings Extreme Search Overkill to Firefox

July 28, 2009

If you’re the type of person who uses a lot of search engines and doesn’t mind having a toolbar installed, you might want to check out Firefox Super Search. This Firefox-only add-on puts the power of 160 search engines in one toolbar, with about 70 that can be searched right from the toolbar itself.

If you’re used to Firefox’s built-in search box, this is a pretty big step up both from selecting one engine at a time and having to add additional engine tools from Mozilla’s catalog. It’s also laid out in a really straightforward manner, putting search engines with which you can search (from within the toolbar) in drop-down menus on the right side of the query box. There’s also a directory of the other 90 or so engines that require a visit before beginning a new search.

My only qualm is that you cannot reorganize the order of the engines or make a shortlist of your favorites. It’s also missing out on modern search box niceties like auto-complete and search-as-you-type suggestions–two things that require the search box to know which engine you’re searching with first. On the plus side, though, the curation and organization of the engines is spot-on. (However, some visual tweaking is needed, in my book)

Note: This add-on is experimental, which means that it may not work perfectly in your browser. I used Firefox Super Search on Firefox version 3.5.1 without issues.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. studiowebdesign permalink
    July 29, 2009 5:47 PM

    That’s a lot of search engines. What use you have to need that many?

    • July 29, 2009 6:17 PM

      I know! I can’t imagine anyone needing to use that many! I only use about 9 or 10 of those!

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