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Add Google Images to Firefox Right-Click to Search Highlighted Text

Ever wanted to search Google Images directly via the context menu for the text that you select? Here is how.

You’ll need one or two add-ons for this, depending on which method that you choose.

1. The quickest way

Contextual Google Image Search instantly adds Google Image Search to Firefox context menu after you install the add-on and restart the browser.

It can be used to search Google Images by text and image.


Download: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/conggl/

This add-on provides the fastest way to add the search engine but it’s not flexible. Want to always show size when searching in Google Images or perhaps search only images that have a specific resolution? Then read on.

2. Context Search X + Mycroft Project

The idea here is to add the installed search engines to the right-click menu. So, the first step here is to add Google Images to your Firefox search engine.

Go to this page and install one of the plugins. Let’s say you want to search only for images that have resolutions above 2MP.



Click on the plugin link and press the Add button.

Next, install Context Search X from here and restart your browser.

Select a word, right-click on it, and select “Google Images (>2MP, No filtering). The result opens in a new background tab.


Tips: Place the search option outside the submenu so you can search more quickly

This is what you will get:


And here is how to enable it:

Right-click on any text on a webpage, open the submenu and select “Manage Engines”.

In the Manage Search Engine List window, select Google Images, click the Context Menu drop-down menu on the right side, select Outside Submenu, and hit OK.


3. Add to Search Bar + Context Search X

Aside from plugins provided at Mycroft site, you can optionally use Add to Search Bar.

This restartless extension lets you add any search engine simply by right-clicking on the search box and select “Add to Search Bar”.

Download: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/add-to-search-bar/

1. Search anything on Google Images.
2. Right-click on the Google Images search box and select “Add to Search Bar”



4. Optionally change the Name.
5. Hit OK.

The search engine is now added automatically to the search bar and right-click menu.

Suppose that you want to search only for large black and white pictures, here is what you should do:

1. Search anything on Google Images.
2. Click “Size” and select “Large” from Google Images menu.
3. Click “Color” and select “Black and white”.
4. Right-click on the Google Images search box and select “Add to Search Bar”
5. Change the name to a more recognizable one such as “google images large black white”
6. Add a keyword like “gim”
7. Hit OK.


Note: All of these add-ons have been tested on Firefox 39

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