Context Search

Right click and search using a selection of search engines.

Current Version:

Last Updated: 26/04/2014

Average Daily Users: 42,550

Total Downloads: 1,602,378

Context Search is a Firefox Add-on that transforms the "Web Search for…" context menu (right click menu) item into a submenu containing your installed search plugins. This allows you to choose which search engine to use for each search without having to change the selection in the Firefox toolbar.

Picture of the Context Search menu

I originally developed this as I thought it was more useful / intuitive than the in-built Firefox behaviour, but the Firefox UI designers at the time did not agree and suggested it would make a great Add-on instead. I have used it just about every day since.

How does it work?

Context Search uses your in-built search engine plugins so you don't need to configure anything else; just install it and start using it straight away.

What features are included?

By default, the search will open in a background tab (you remain on the page you're currently reading). However, you can modify the behaviour:

  • Middle Click = Open search in a new foreground tab (switch to the new tab)
  • Ctrl + Click = Open search in a new foreground tab (switch to the new tab)
  • Shift + Click = Open search in a new window

Adding search engines

If you wish to add more search plugins at any time, simply click "Manage Search Engines…" from the Search Toolbar's drop-down menu:

Picture of the Firefox 'Manage Engines' option, which is built into the
            standard Firefox Search Toolbar

Creating search engines

You can find search plugins and get help on creating new / custom plugins at the MyCroft Project website.


Here's one of Context Search in action…

Picture of Context Search being used on Wikipedia to search for the term
            'a word'


Context Search 0.6.3 - 26/04/2014
  • Japanese locale.
  • Traditional Chinese locale.
  • Estonian locale.
  • Minor internal code tweaks.
Context Search 0.6.2 - 09/11/2013
  • Fix standard menu item.
  • Minor internal change to click handling.
Context Search 0.6.1 - 09/11/2013
  • Disable "click menu to search" function by default.
  • Added hidden preference to enable "click menu to search" function - "extensions.contextsearch.clickMenuToSearch".
  • "Click menu to search" function will no longer activate if standard (built-in) menu item is shown.
  • Fix encoding bug with Finnish, Russian, Slovenian, Ukrainian and Simplified Chinese locales.
  • Change access key for Simplified Chinese to "S".
Context Search 0.6 - 09/11/2013
  • Added functionality so that you can click on the menu to search using the default engine.
  • Fixed middle click so that it works the same as Ctrl+click (as it used to).
  • Czech locale.
  • Spanish locales.
  • Finnish locale.
  • Hebrew locale.
  • Portuguese (Brazilian) locale.
  • Swedish locale.
  • Turkish locale.
  • Dutch locale.
Context Search 0.5 - 09/11/2013
  • Compatibility with Firefox 25.
  • Localisation support.
  • German locale.
  • Spanish locales.
  • French locale.
  • Russian locale.
  • Slovenian locale.
  • Ukranian locale.
  • Simplified Chinese locale.
Context Search 0.4.6 - 09/11/2013
  • Localisation support added.
  • Opens new tabs next to current (related) tabs.
  • Added support for using the command key as a substitute for Ctrl (Mac).
  • Restore icons on submenu in GNOME.
  • Instant-apply hidden preferences.
  • Hidden preference to add quotation marks around multi-word searches.
  • Hidden preference to add separators in the menu.
  • Updated for Firefox 4.