How to organize Firefox search engines into folders [Tip]

You select alternative search engines in Firefox by clicking on the icon on the left of the browser’s search box. You can organize that search engine drop-down menu more effectively with the Organize Search Engines add-on. With it you can organize the search engines into separate folders.

Open this page and click on the + Add to Firefox to add it to Firefox. Then you should restart the Firefox browser. When you’ve restarted Firefox, click on the search engine icon at the left of the search box. That should now include a Manage Search Engines option at the bottom of the menu as below.

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Click on that option to open the window below. That window includes a New Folder and New Separator options. Select the New Folder option and enter a title for it to add it to the drop-down menu.

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Then you should drag some search engines into the folder. Click OK to close the window, and select the search icon again. Now the menu should include the new folder as below.

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You can also add separators between the search engines. Reopen the Manage Search Engine List window, and click on the New Separator option. Drag the separator to a suitable position on the list and click OK to close window. You should then find that the search engine drop-down menu includes separators on it as below.

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If you have a huge search engine drop-down menu with loads of search engines on it, this Firefox add-on should come in handy. With its folders and separators you can now organize Firefox’s search engine drop-down menu more effectively.

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  1. Dark Thunder

    This is a wonderful add-on that I’ve been using for years. Unfortunately, it broke Firefox 34 (search bar box disappears). I figured out a work-around by disabling the new “One Off Buttons” in FF34. Here’s how I did it:

    1: Enter about:config in the Location bar.
    2: Search for the preference browser.search.showOneOffButtons.
    3: Change its value from True to False.
    4: Restart the browser for the changes to apply.

    Today, I find out that the developer has pulled this add-on from the Firefox add-ons site. He hadn’t been maintaining it, so I suppose he decided to simply pull it. The problem is that it works just fine in FF34 if you implement the aforementioned ‘fix’, and many people are starting to migrate away from Firefox to other builds like Pale Moon — which does work with Organize Search Engines.