I peeked through the source code today, and here is a run-down of what I learned (and have found out through prior experimentation), interspersed with other reflections, hints and tips:
- Any AccessKey not already bound in a page (or used to invoke a Firefox menu), will bring keyboard input focus to the Google Toolbar search field. At least on a Windows system that means
Alt+somethingputs you in the google bar. The mac equivalent is probably
Command+something. I use
Alt+§(a very rarely used key that sits right below the escape key on Swedish keyboards).
The default Firefox search field remains at
Ctrl+K, and is of course still a useful resource, even if you have the google toolbar, as the googlebar does not have the beautiful search plugin interface offered by the default Firefox field. (How else would you search Sinfest comic strips? ;-)
You don't need to keep the Firefox search bar on any toolbar, though; if you do not, it will just pop up when you press
Ctrl+K, so you may hide it to save some screen real estate, even if you still use it for the odd one-off search plugin. It is not quite as good as the original panel mode though, as you can't switch search plugins quickly with
Ctrl+Up/Downin the popup version. :-/ (If anyone has a bugzilla ticket id handy I'd be glad to cast a vote.)
- The Google search field also has the
Ctrl+Up/Downto switch search type though, between the few offered; web search, image search, "I'm feeling lucky" search, Google Groups, news article search, Froogle and GMail respectively, in that order. So Mail and Site search are only a step away each from the default mode. You can only switch search mode like this if you have checked the option "Remember last search type" in the Google Toolbar options tab "Search", otherwise
Ctrl+Up/Downwon't do anything at all.
Alt+Up/Downbrowses your past search history.
Up/Downon their own browses suggested common searches starting with what you have already typed.
- With the
Altkey pressed, the result page gets loaded into a new tab.
- With the
Shiftkey pressed, the "I'm feeling lucky" search mode is invoked, so you instantly go to the first page found.
- The modifiers stack, so
Shift+Alt+returnloads the lucky page into a new tab. They do not stack with your choice of search type, though, in case you had first picked Image, Site or Groups search, for instance, prior to hitting
Shift+return- shift is Lucky Web Search, period.
Controlmodifier is not reacted on in any way in this context.