Create Shortcuts for Firefox Bookmarks

Here’s a quick tip for the Firefox users out there.

Bookmarks are great to keep a file on all of those useful and informative websites that you come across on your browsing travels. However, there are probably some sites that you use more than others that see you having to execute multiple clicks before you can arrive at your page. The good news is that you can create a keyboard shortcut to get to these sites.

All you need to do is the following:

  1. Find the bookmark you want to assign a shortcut in the your bookmarks menu,
  2. Right click on the bookmark and click on “Properties”,
  3. In the “Keyword” box enter in your preferred keyboard shortcut (in the example below I have entered “gm” for Google Maps.
  4. Click “Save”.
Firefox - Bookmark Properties

Firefox - Bookmark Properties

So if you want to go to Google Maps, just type in “gm” and press “Enter” and you will be whisked away to Google Maps.

Now, you can take things a step further and remove the need to click in the search box on a target page and type in your search term. Using the Google Maps example:

  1. Go to Google Maps and then right click on the search box up the top,
  2. Click on “Add a Keyword for this Search”,
  3. Choose a name for the bookmark, where to save it and assign a unique keyword,
  4. Click “Save”.

Now, all you need to do to search Google Maps from your address bar is type in “gm Sydney NSW Australia” and you will go to Google Maps with the search results already populated.

Firefox - Add a Search Keyword

Firefox - Add a Search Keyword

Hope this tip saves you some time and extra clicking!

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