Via a post on Geek Notes, I discovered a pretty cool trick in Firefox: You can assign keywords that correspond to oft-used bookmarks. So, instead of having to meander through my bookmarks, or type out, say, “groups.yahoo.com/group/tallyfreecycle/” when I want to go to my Freecycle group, I can just type in my keyword at the address bar (e.g., “fc”).
To assign a keyword to a bookmark, open up your bookmark properties (right-click the specific bookmark under your “Bookmarks” menu, and select “Properties”). This will pull up a Properties dialogue box, one option of which is a keyword. Assign a easy-to-type and easy-to-remember keyword, and…there you go. Just type CTRL‑L to select the address bar, type in your keyword, and Firefox will take you to the bookmarked address. Neat!
What’s even niftier is that you can also set up keywords that correspond to a site’s searchbox. So, you can just type in the keyword at the address bar and a search term to search that site. Say I wanted to set up such a keyword for the FSU Library catalog search. I would go to the library’s page, right-click on the searchbox, and select “Add a Keyword for this Search”. This will pull up a dialogue box where I can assign the bookmark name and keyword. So, say I give it the name “FSU Library” and assign it the keyword “fsulib”. Next time I want to search the FSU Library, I would just type in “fsulib ” at the address bar. Wicked slick!