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In the web-search bar, press the Up key or type some words into the box. Then, a tiny popup will appear above (or left/rightside) the search bar. You can choose an engine by Up or Down key. After you press the Enter key, Firefox searches the terms by the highlighted engine. This feature calls the engine directly, so the state of the default engine of the search bar doesn't change. (But if you select an engine from the Second Search popup when there is no term in the search bar, Second Search changes the engine of the search bar to the highlighted.)
And, when you drag some text onto the search bar, engines will be popped up too. After you drop it to the menu item, it will be searched by the engine.
Three recently used engines will be shown in the popup. If you want to use other engines, choose Search by and press the Right key.
Ver.0.4 or later are available on Thunderbird 2. You can switch the search mode of the quick search bar smoothly.
Ver.0.5 or later, you can search without search bar! If you remove the search bar from the toolbar and input search term into the location bar, available search engines will be listed above the location bar.
For example, if your default engine is Google and you wish to find a book in Amazon, you don't have to switch the engine Google to Amazon. Only you have to input the searching keyword to the search bar, and just choose "by Amazon" in the Second Search popup. Then, you'll get the result of Amazon, and the search bar keeps Google as the selected engine. In the next time, you can get the result of Google even if you forget that you used Amazon in the previous time.
This extension strongly depends on the default behavior of Firefox. Extensions which is related to the search bar possibly cause a conflict with this. For example, Firefox 1.5 + GSuggest environment may not work correctly with this extension. But my modified version of GSuggest can work. (It can be found in the "homepage")