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Firefox Second Search Bar July 3, 2009

Posted by ecomnomnom in Firefox, GUI, Technology.
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Ok. This post is actually useful for once. I finally figured out how to add a second search bar into firefox, and make it look exactly how I want it to:

Google and Wikipedia!

Google and Wikipedia!

I don’t know if there are any simpler ways of doing this, mine turned out rather difficult.

First, I used the old firefox add-on called thinger. Unfortunately, it has not been updated for the new version of firefox, so this is what must be done:

1) Download thinger by right-click>save-link-as on their link. For convinience, I have hotlinked it here.

2) Open the .xpi file using your favorite archive-manager. For me, it’s Winrar. You can use winzip, or 7-zip or whatever.

3) Inside, you will find a file called install.rdf. Open it with notepad. As you go through it, you will find the following code:
Replace the “3.0.a3” with “3.5”, so that it can run on newer firefox. Save it and close it all up.

4) Open up firefox. File >> Open >>toolbar-thinger-1.0-fx.xpi . Basically, open it from wherever you saved it. Firefox should then let you install the add-on.

5) Once you have the add-on, go to View >> Toolbars >> Customize , and there will be a new bar with a little search icon. Just drag it to wherever you want the new searchbar to be.

Thats that. However, if you want the second search bar to be right-aligned and the same size as the regular one like mine is, then you will need to add some extra code. Go to your userChrome.css file for your firefox. If you don’t know what that is, download the ChromEdit Plus extension (after you’ve installed it, go to Tools >> Chromedit Plus >> Chromedit).

Copy-paste this code I wrote into your userChrome.css file somewhere above the “namespace” code:

#searchbar {max-width: 250px !important;width: 250px !important}
#search-container{max-width: 250px !important;width: 250px !important}
.thinger-item {min-width: 250px !important;}
.search-proxy-button-dropmarker { display:none !important; }
.searchbar-dropmarker-image {display: none !important;}
#search-proxy-button { margin-top: 1px !important;
margin-left: -2px !important; margin-right: 2px !important; }

Then press save, then press restart. Firefox should then have your searchboxes done correct. If not, then play around with it or post a comment and I can help you out.



1. fab - July 10, 2009


I have tried to install Thinger with the modifications in install.rdf that you suggested, but unfortunately, the only new thingy I see in View > Toolbars > Customize is a little square that doesn’t do anything (except ask me to enter a script). Any clue here ? :)

thanks for your help

2. ecomnomnom - July 19, 2009

yes, it appears that firefox version 3.5 has limited thinger’s abilities. if you install it on an older version, and update to 3.5, the search bars will still be there (which is a solution, if you want it that badly). unfortunately, the thinger project has been abandoned for quite some time.
i will keep you posted when i find a workaround for this.

3. eltranced - August 6, 2010

i absolutely love this add on and cant live without my multiple searchbars…. I’m able to use it in 3.6.7 with help of “Nightly Tester Tool”
To add searchbar i’ve used older compatible portable FFX v2 to create the layout then took the code of #customToolbars in localstore.rdf in profile folder and used it in 3.6.7 localstore.rdf (create a new tool bar and place something it in so that when u open 3.6.7 localstore.rdf you can search #customtoolbars and replace the code”

toolbar1=”s3: ……
toolbar2=”s2: …..
toolbar3=”s1: ……
i’ve created 3 toolbars

just to be safe i also replaced new thinger.xml with older but not sure if that actually did anything to make it work…

4. Der_Sucher - October 26, 2010

Hi, I have problems keeping my multiple search bars under Beta6 of FF 4.0, anyone more lucky? I also can’t live without my six search bars anymore and want to go on using them under FF 4.0 when it is finished…

5. eltranced - May 19, 2011

most search bar friendly browser is opera… it can do it right out of the box…. put as many as you want on bookmark bar

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