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!

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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.

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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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Really Huge! Powerful Search Engine & More! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

a little need made me discover this, i watched the whole instruction video & i really have to recommend it! Truly useful. Already part of my surf experience!

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Thank you for taking the time for the video & write the review! Allowing users search and surf faster has always been my goal for this addon.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Fastes search is just the best and most integral solution for searching text in pages and tabs and fast online search engines access (via location bar for example). The developer is very supportive and very helpful in considering ideas and problems. The settings user interface is a bit awkward, but that is mainly because there are so many possible configurations and the developer has succesfully tried to not cumber the user with too many text and information (unless you press "?").
There is no other search add-on that reaches this level; I have tried them all. There used to be some things that couldn't be done that other similar addons could, but meanwhile they are all integrated and working (also the ones I myself have asked!).

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Thank you for the kind review! I'm glad that FS is meeting your needs!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great extension! One of my favorites already. Especially since adding search engines via mycroft project doesn't seem to work anymore, but this is more powerful and easier anyway!

Only frustration so far was finding the Options pop-up -it's in the add-on bar, which I don't use, but you can move it to the navigation bar if you want.

And, of course, it's really complicated, but you don't have to learn ALL of it if you don't want. With just five minutes you invest on it you'll already have upgraded your search experience much.

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Thanks for the review! Indeed Options system is not ideal (although one can get used to it and in many cases it's much faster than the usual addon options).

Also true that invest a few minutes is all that it takes to enjoy a few major features that'd make a difference for search/browse experience. More advanced features can be learned as users wish.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Świetna rzecz!

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Doesn't work anymore Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Suddenly stopped working: search stops at the first character with "key too short" message :'-( Seems to be a bug in FF25 though, hopefully they will fix it because this extension is really useful.

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New update: this turns out to be an incorrect (IMO) "bug fix" in FF25 that actually caused issues for programs handling both keydown and keypress, while preventdefault in keydown is called. The bug fix in FF25 is ostensibly making sense but did not realize there are VALID situations that keypress must be handled and keydown doesn't work in those cases (unless FF also fixed issues there in v25). Anyhow I will try to work out a workaround over this "fix" in FF25.

More update: I investigated, a truly good workaround that works properly on all webpages is NOT possible any more (see my comment on https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=501496). But the vast majority of sites should work fine.

Final update: I implemented and released the imperfect workaround in v3.17. Hopefully FF developers can provide a good working alternative or reverse their decision.