Making it easy to search Wikipedia from Firefox

This tip will allow you to type “w anything” in your firefox location bar and it will take you straight to the page describing that topic on Wikipeda.

This is far more powerful than a normal search on Wikipedia because it uses Google, although it redirects straight through so you may not even notice it.

Note, this requires Firefox 3 or later.

Here is how:

  1. Go to the Bookmarks menu and click “Organize Bookmarks”
  2. Right-click on “Unsorted Bookmarks” and select “New Bookmark”
  3. Fill in the following fields:
    Name: Wikipedia Search
    Location: http://www.google.com/search?btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky&q=%s%20site%3Aen.wikipedia.org&meta= (all on the same line, no spaces)
    Keyword: w
  4. Click “Add”

Now, test it by typing “w Freenet”, you should be taken straight to the Wiki page.  Because its Google, it will tolerate misspellings, inexact word matches and so on.

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