Omnibar without Omnibar-Extension Rated 3 out of 5 stars

After being too annoyed with the extra keys that I always had to press in order to get my history-results to display thanks to Omnibar, I tried something different:

You don't actually need the Omnibar-extension to combine search-functionality with the Awesomebar of Firefox:

- Open about:config
- Change keyword.url value to another search-engine than the default Google "I'm feeling lucky" (See http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/06/12/hack-to-modify-firefox-3-address-bar-to-return-search-results-when-query-or-invalid-url-is-entered/)
- Restart Firefox
- Remove the search-bar manually if it is still visible

Now when you type keywords into your addressbar and hit enter, these keywords will be transmitted to the search-engine of your choice. See above link for some examples of other searchengine-query-URLs.

For more details on the keyword.url parameter, see: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Keyword.URL

Btw, you STILL need to do a Control+T for a new tab before you search via the Awesomebar. The keyword.url parameter does not magically fix this, too ;)

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (0.6.7.20091104).