How To Change The Default Search Engine in Firefox?

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Article by Raj Chowdary Posted: September 11, 2011

in How To, Software

Firefox is no doubt the best browser ever exists and here in this context I don’t want to end up talking about the features of the Firefox 6 but it is the known fact that Firefox offers two kinds of search inputs one is the default search bar which will be there in the top-right corner and the other is the address bar where you not only enter the URLs of the websites but also can perform the search (default searches).

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It is quite common that few software that you try out will rewrite the search engine defaults for some crazy reasons and inclusions, although changing the default search engine for the search bar of Firefox is easy but the real pain starts when you wish to change the whole default search engine of your address bar. There is no straight forward option to fix it.

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In this tutorial I will show up the way how to change the default search engines in both the search bar and address bar. To begin with, I will start with the search bar.

How To Change The Default Search Engine of Search Bar in Firefox ?

Changing the default search engine in search bar is quite simple, just click on the arrow in the search bar (in the below image it is just beside the Google’s logo) and click on “Manage Search Engines..”.

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In the second step just select the search engine which is available in the list (or you can choose more by visiting “Get more search engines) and click on “Move Up” until it is on the top.

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That’s it, you have set your default search engine for your search bar and now we will head to up set things right with the address bar.

How To Change The Default Search Engine of Address Bar in Firefox ?

Don’t get tensed as you are about to enter the Firefox configuration. As far as you follow this “How To Guide” you are in safe hands. To start with just type “about:config” (without quotes) which will land you on the page which reads “This might void your warranty”, simply click on the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button to move further.

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Now in the Filter box, just type “keyword.URL” (again without quotes) and simply right-Click on the keyword.URL parameter and select Modify.

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Enter (or replace) the URL of your favorite search engine (make sure you enter the correct URL defined by the search engine which is meant for direct search purposes) in the enter the string value pop up and click on OK to make it your default search engine for Firefox.

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For your reference the famous 3 search engine URL’s are mentioned here to use:

Google Search: http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&q=
Bing Search: http://www.bing.com/results.aspx?q=
Yahoo! Search: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=

That’s it, You are done with the changes and everything is all set to play with.

Hope you find this article useful, do let us know if you would like to hear about some particular things to make them work out, we will be more than glad to explore the things out for you.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bharath Mandava September 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Very clearly explained Keyboard.URL works fine for me…I tried it… :)

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shubhadeep October 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Works like dream. Thanks man for the info. Was very helpful.

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