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that, when searching in Firefox's tab bar, you can prefix your search with `%` to search exclusively in the titles of open tabs.

Maybe everyone else already knew this, but I didn't—and I have the feeling that it will *dramatically* increase the number of open tabs I have at any given time.

@codesections I didn't know this. Did you know you can prefix what you put in the address bar with a ? and it will remove that character and make sure you search on your default search engine?

Ex: I want to search for fosstodon.org on my default search engine DuckDuckGo, but if I just put in 'fosstodon.org' it will take me to the website instead of searching. So instead I put in '?fosstodon.org' and it brings up my search results.

Very useful.

@wesley

> I didn't know [about prefixing a search with %]. Did you know you can prefix what you put in the address bar with a ? and it will remove that character and make sure you search on your default search engine?

I actually discovered that by accident just after learning about %—if you jump to the address bar with ^k, it puts in the ? automatically (and you have to delete it before you can use %).

But you can also jump to with <Alt>-d, which avoids that problem

@codesections @wesley That's because ^K isn't supposed to focus the address bar but actually the search bar, and ^L is the address bar. But if the search bar is hidden, ^K will focus the address bar and make it contain "? ".

@utf8equalsX @wesley

> That's because ^K isn't supposed to focus the address bar but actually the search bar, and ^L is the address bar. But if the search bar is hidden, ^K will focus the address bar and make it contain "? ".

Interesting and helpful—thanks!

Oddly, that's not on their page listing keyboard shortcuts (support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/k)

@codesections I'm not sure it's physically possible for me to have more tabs open in Firefox

@codesections You can also create keywords for search fields on different websites, like Google Maps, IMDB, and so on.

Just right-click on a search text field and choose "Add a Keyword for this Search"

🙂

@codesections I only have around six tabs at the most open at a time. Usually it is less than that. Still, this is good to know!

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