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InstantFox Address Bar Workaround

December 23rd, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

I love using InstantFox and I’ve been missing InstantFox so much that I started looking for way to fix InstantFox or find a workaround to the address bar not working issue since Firefox version 50.

Easy workaround is to add another search option with keyword of your choice. So anything that is location that you don’t need to search (e.g. domain name), you can use that assigned URL with your keyword.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click “Add+”.
  2. Enter your desired custom “Short Name”.
  3. Define desired “Shortcut”, I use “s” as my shortcut.
  4. In search URL enter the following:


In “Suggest URL” leave blank as it won’t load any suggestions on domains.

This will redirect/load any other URL that is not a search website.

I usually enable “Take suggested result on enter” in the “Advanced” tab. That way, if I Google something, it always redirects me to the Google search results page.

In some OSes like Ubuntu 12.04 for example I couldn’t get the InstantFox to add new or modify existing bookmark (shortcut). The only way, that I found works is to go to “Add-ons” in Firefox and edit the plugin preferences from there.

See the image on the left with my settings. Now always I type “s myadress.com” the browser will take me to the myaddress.com URL or any other that I define, starting with keyword “s”.

Here are their terms of use for the InstantFox redirects: http://pand.li/if?terms

I love InstantFox, but there’s no more support for it. 🙁

I’m thankful for this workaround, so I thought to share…

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  1. Thankful
    December 23rd, 2016 at 21:31 | #1

    I’m so thankful for you writing this article. I was using InstantFox the same way and was having this problem for a while, which made it useless. Now at least I have an option to integrate a workaround and again use instantfox! I don’t mind the additional keyword when I type destinations in the address bar.
    Thanks so much! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!

  2. Roger
    January 5th, 2017 at 20:59 | #2

    Is there a way in instantfox to set the domains to go to the correct hyperlinks?

  3. Anon
    March 11th, 2017 at 22:00 | #3

    Use keywords instead

    Everything that InstantFox did is now built into Firefox

    Right click a search field and set the keyword, or edit them in your bookmarks.

  4. March 11th, 2017 at 22:49 | #4

    Did you mean in the address bar when you press enter?

  5. April 20th, 2017 at 15:09 | #5

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  1. April 20th, 2017 at 14:08 | #1