Last month I wrote that I switched to Firefox because of its shiny link search. Conveniently mapped to the quote (
') key, it makes navigating the web via the keyboard a breeze. Just enter a bit of text you see on the page, watch it light up, press Enter, and boom, you’re off to the next round. No fiddling with your trackpad or (god forbid) a mouse. I’d been enjoying it tremendously. Until I noticed that:
- Alfred can’t search Firefox bookmarks,
- muscle memory still makes me launch Safari all the time,
- my browser-related AppleScripts are broken and Firefox has no AppleScript support.
It may come as a surprise, but only the last one was a deal breaker. I could’ve launched Safari every once in a while to import new bookmarks (therefore exposing them to Alfred), and I would certainly defeat the habit of typing “safari” in Alfred to open the browser, but without AppleScript support I just couldn’t fix a bunch of my custom automations (such as “add current page title/URL to OmniFocus”) and I quickly gave up looking for feasible alternatives. I briefly considered making a Firefox extension, but I strongly suspected that it would be easier to port link navigation to Safari. That proved to be true.
Once you install the service, I recommend assigning a convenient shortcut (e.g.,