The Search bar in Firefox – which many still look at as the “Google bar”, even though it lists other search engines – is extremely useful, but you can make it even more so by adding all sorts of search options.
What we’ll look at here is the “Search Ubuntu packages” add-on, which (as the name suggests) lets you hunt for software for Ubuntu directly from the Search bar. All you have to do is go to the download page and click the Add to Firefox button, restart Firefox, and it’s done.
Alternatively, if you’re browsing the Firefox Add-on index you can just click the Add to Firefox button next to “Search Ubuntu packages“, and confirm by clicking Add.
Once you restart Firefox, your new search option will be in the Search bar’s drop-down menu. When wanting to search for software, select Ubuntu packages, type the name of the program or package, and hit Enter.
Like all new additions to the Search menu, it will appear at the bottom, so if you’d like to move closer to the top, click Manage Search Engines… (at the bottom of that menu) and move it where you want with the up arrow.
Note that once you’ve used it, it will stay as the default search option till you choose another (so make sure you choose Google or whatever before doing a regular web search).
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