Psst! Amazon Search Suggestions just showed up.

One Firefox feature that I am in love with is that doodad in the top right corner that lets you search different sites like Google and Amazon from any page at any time. It’s the search box and it has been a real time-saver for me.

When Firefox 2 came out, developers were given the ability to augment their search plugins with suggestions as you type. Out of all the search engines I use from my search box, the top two are definitely Google and Amazon. While Google quickly took advantage of this new feature, Amazon did not.

Because I use Amazon so often, I decided to write my own search plugin for Amazon that will give you search suggestions as you type. Hopefully you will find it useful as well. And, as a bonus, if you use it and buy anything from Amazon, you will automatically help support Shifting Pixel.

Requirements

  • Firefox 2+
  • IE7 (suggestions are not supported by IE7)

To install

Firefox 2+

  1. Remove the default Amazon.com search engine from Firefox.
    1. Click on the search engine selection icon in the top right corner (most likely a Google icon).
    2. Click on “Manage Search Engines…”
    3. In the Search Engine Manager, click on “Amazon.com” and click the “Remove” button.
    4. Click “OK.”
  2. Add my Amazon.com search engine with suggestions.
    1. Click on the search engine selection icon in the top right corner.
    2. Click on “Add Amazon.”

Internet Explorer 7

  1. Click on the search engine selection icon in the top right corner.
  2. Under “Add Search Providers” click on “Amazon.”
  3. A box will pop up asking you to confirm. Click “Add Provider.”
 

4 Comments

 
  1. [...] Amazon Search Suggestions just showed [...]

  2. Looks very interesting.

  3. vanillAYU said

    hi, i’m from Taiwan
    thx for ur amazon search plugin! :D
    it’s really useful :)

  4.  
  5. Your business strategy is very, very suave. Kudos.

 

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