Rated 4 out of 5 stars

1 - For me none of the Smart Searchbox settings won't save. The 5 sec default time keeps coming no matter what time i set in the options.

2 - How to set the Smart Searchbox to open results in new window instead of tab? I don't use tabs.

I would like to see Smart Searchbox as an separate addon..

1. Are you using FS3.33? Which OS? I just literally installed the top 40 most popular addons to try to see if I can reproduce this error (the rationale being that there are a number of users reporting this issue, which means it could be a popular addon interfering), and my SSB settings still saved fine. I'm using FS3.33 on FF30/Win8. I'd need to track this down with a user who's willing to spend time to get it tracked. So far, for some users they said the problem just resolved itself (I suspect they disabled interfering addon) or they used an alternative (export settings, manually modify the settings, then import back in; or modify it in about:config then restart FF) and were contented to keep using it rather than spending time to figure out what happened. If you're willing to track it down, email me using the email link on the AMO addon page.
2. If you press and hold Shift key and hit Enter key or click icon, the SSB opens in preview window instead of tab. That could be an alternative. For now I don't plan to offer an option to use only window instead of tab. Maybe a combination of FS and TabMixPlus will achieve what you want.
I do not plan to separate FS's many functionalities into multiple addons. Too much admin hassle.

Great addon Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Just great

Valuable addon! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I am glad that finally this addon gets the credit it deserves. It is definitely one of the best addons i have used, in the top 3 list of my addons. One thing i am still missing is the ability to open results from smartbox in a background tab. If i can make some more suggestions:
- Choice so that in a place of the smartbox to always display the last search engine that was used (usually when we search for something we do that for more than one time in the same task).
- With alt+enter in url bar a new tab is open with the result of the action (the default behavior). But it does not do the same for addon's search engines keywords, i would like to see that happening (useful if you want to search for some term but you want to add something - you can do that by clicking tab from the smart box but then your only choice is to have the results in the same window - or am i missing something?)
keep up the good work!

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Use last engine is not difficult, but I don't find it true in my everyday usage. You might consider just increase your favorite engine's "Usage Rank" (in that engine's settings) and/or modify SSB for an alternative.

You can consider use keyboard up/down arrow keys to choose the right option in the suggest panel, then press shift-enter to preview that entry. Again, not exactly what you suggested, but a possible alternative.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great addon!! Needs a bit of a learning curve to get the most of it but it sure is worth it. Once you get a hold to it, browsing with firefox feels more natural, smooth and, of course fast. A must have! Mil gracias Mingyi Liu!!

☞ My top favorite!! ☜ Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have added "Fastest Search" to my ♥ top favorite list! ♥ Because it does everything I wanted and more!

What makes it best from the rest, is its ability to highlight all the selected, matched words I choose, or even Sentences in a webpage, and it finds them all!!
And also if you click on the red Highlighted text on the Right of the page, it can automatically Takes you to the other match results found on the Page! Wow!

Now, In comparison to "Scrollbar Search Highlighter", which most of the times can Not find the same [sentences] more than 1 time and also It can't find all the matches as perfectly as "Fastest Search".! :-)

I've tried this addon on Fiverr, where I wanted to find specific user comments, for more than One time, inside the whole page, and "Fastest Search" did an Excellent job!!
It saves me a lot of time, Every Time!!

Thank you very much guys fro creating this amazing app! ★★★★★

Thanks for the kind review! Glad that the addon's very helpful for you.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

"Fastest Search" is an accurate description of this extension. Extremely useful and user friendly. I would recommend it to every Firefox user.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

[Exception... "The expression cannot be converted to return the specified type." code: "0" nsresult: "0x805b0034 (TypeError)" location: "<unknown>"]

everytime ,i see this warning, i can't use this add on

Hmm, never seen that and can't tell much at all from the error message. Can you let me know your OS, FF version (or if you're using Palemoon). Would you also please disable all other addons and then try FS again and see if it works? If it does, then enable other addons one by one and you'd find which addon is conflicting with FS.

Stellar extension Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Well done, Mr. Liu. Fastest Search does so much in the most elegant way. New users might be confused or even annoyed by the SearchBox (which can be disabled), but they'll soon discover its power.
Two requests: an option to disable the dragging trail line, and an option to open new tabs (with dragging) next to the newest tab, not the currently active. If I create a new tab and then another one, I'd want all new tabs to the (far) right and not in between.

Thanks for your amazing extension, everyone should get it.

Thanks for the glowing review! I wholeheartedly agree that everyone should give SSB a chance as they can all benefit from it (despite that like you said, some do not like it at first).

For the requests - they're reasonable, but low priority on my list. I would like to see more such requests before I implement them - it's mainly because I really have too many things at hand right now...

New tabs on right side & Metacritic search engine Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I thought the new tabs usually opened on right side in earlier versions (didn't they?) and then recently it changed, thats why I was confused.

About MC: its listed 8 times in my search engines, screenshot oi58.tinypic.com/314c9ad.jpg
After I delete it, it appears again after I close and open the search engines window one more time.

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I'll provide an option to open tab on right again, despite that I'm convinced that opening on left is better.

I don't know how that 8-time MC issue showed up. I might need you to email me to reproduce error or test fix. Pls email using the addon page's "Support E-mail" link.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Another great search add-on!

Merci, Thank you, Vielen Dank, Gracias ! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Je viens de découvrir cette magnifique extension hier;
je peux déjà dire que j'apprécie 2 choses: 1) la Smart Search Box, vraiment très paramétrable, et hyper-facile d'accès par popup2) la fonction de filtre par Ctrl-Shift-F ( ou Ctrl-F pour les inconditionnels !), qui permet, notamment, de filtrer dans un énorme fichier log ( visites de sites, etc...)
M. Mingyi Liu est un super développeur, des extensions comme celle-ci, j'en veux tous les jours ! ... Merci.
PS: une suggestion pour améliorer la fonction filtre des fichiers logs, qui se terminent par .txt (ou .log ?): ne pas afficher les x caractères (x est un paramètre) avant la chaine recherchée, mais uniquement les caractères précédents jusqu'au caractère "nouvelle ligne" ou la séquence "CR+LF"...plus facile à demander... qu'à faire !Christophe http://ressources.fr.cr

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Thanks for your kind review! I used SSB to translate and understand it. :)

Simply Great! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have no recollection of installing this add-on to my PC. However it got there, I love it!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.29). 

Someone must've installed it for you then. Glad that you like it!


By Far the most comprehensive extension I have found. It will replace many addons I have now and will DEFINITELY IMPROVE THE SPEED and specificity of my searches. Thank you Mr. Liu. YOU, Mingyi, are the REAL DEAL. I support and salute you!

*****Additional thoughts:
"UGLY..." Reviewer: TAKE NOTE, IF YOU WILL, of the following "Note to Developer"...

BTW, I wrote this before I read Mr. Liu's response to your "ugly..." review.

Note to Developer:

Mingyi, the intricate thought patterns, logic, and scale of sophistication you incorporated into "Fastest Search" as well as your ability to pack SO MANY PRECISION tools into ONE Add-on, is a clear demonstration that you are superior in your field. (As Spock might say: "...He clearly possesses a superior intellect.")

You even built your on tools!!?? MAN!


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Thanks for your enthusiastic review! Such appreciation makes me feel all my efforts was worth it.

UPDATE: Thanks for standing up for me too! :) I appreciate your taking the time and effort to defend FS, which can truly be appreciated the more one uses it. At least that reviewer did mention that FS has many many features. And after seeing my reply and your post, he removed his review (perhaps agreeing to our points?). Regardless appreciate both actions from you and the reviewer!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

v3.05 - Now text search panel (or find panel) always opens at bottom right, a bit less intrusive than before - sorry if you don't like it at first!

I have two monitors, on the first screen (left) maximized firefox when I open text search panel, it shows at bottom left on second monitor, but I expect it at bottom right first monitor.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.29). 

Back from vacation and confirmed this. As I suggested earlier, however, that this is an Addon SDK issue that's beyond my control. I just filed a bug report (https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=955918), hopefully this gets fixed.

On the other hand though, I actually find the Find Panel opening on another screen a nice thing as it's not covering any document content at all.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars


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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

seems pretty cool

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great job!

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Thanks! BTW I used Fastest Search to find out the translation for "素晴らしい!" :)

Smart Paste not smart enough Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The new smart cut is very good , but smart paste is causing me trouble ( upon middle clicking any where in the page , if missed a link click then pasting content to top search box , also page scrolling to top) . So what i think is either there should be separate options for Smart Cut , Copy , Paste or Smart paste behavior should be fixed ( only paste when textbox is near ) [ As there is only one checkbox for all 3 i disabled all 3 ]

Feature request : I use "Find as you type" if i use backspace its deleting but I want arrows to be used to edit it [ I know Ctrl +shift +f you can do , but not if FAYT }

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I changed my mind and separated Smart Cut/Copy and Smart Paste into two options in Misc. Settings in v3.25. Just download & install and disable Smart Paste.

Previous reply:
The Smart Paste along doesn't cause you trouble, it's because you have both Smart Paste and Middle click paste enabled. The Smart Paste enables pasting into the top searchbox (or searchbar if no box on page) if user is not pasting into any particular textbox - this behavior is actually useful if you think about it. The Middle click paste was the reason why Smart Paste was even activated when your middle click misses a link. I'm not sure there's a way to make the behavior of the 2 features combined suit every user by default. I honestly think (and users complained) that FS already has too many options so I'm leery to adding another one for this. Sorry.

I thought about implementing caret when I first implemented FAYT but it was technically/conceptually troublesome, so I gave up on it. It doesn't work well when not using textbox, therefore using Find Panel with Ctrl-Shift-F is the only way.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great job!

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

amazing, thanks! ;)

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