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How To Change The Firefox Address Bar Search Provider

6 Giu/10

The default address bar search engine in the Firefox web browser is Google Search. This means that any search phrase that the user enters directly into the Firefox address bar gets send to Google Search which returns either a direct hit or a search results page.

Some Internet users might prefer to have a different search engine as the default in Firefox. This can be done easily in the configuration of Firefox.

To do that type about:config in the Firefox address bar. First time users need to verify that they are carefully from this point on, everyone else will see the configuration parameters right away.

Enter keyword.url in the filter field, this should return one result:

firefox default search

firefox default search

The value of the parameter should display a Google Search url as the default value. This can easily be changed to another search provider by double-clicking the line and entering a new url that points to a search provider in the form that opens up.

address bar search

address bar search

Here is a selection of alternative search engines that can be added as the default search engine:

  • Bing: http://www.bing.com/search?q=
  • Yahoo: http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=ISO-8859-1&p=
  • Twitter: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=

Other search engines can be added as easily. All it usually takes is to perform a search on the search engine of your choice and copy the url without the search phrase into the value field in Firefox.

On a side note: I decided to switch to Bing. Why? Well it mainly has something to do with the current update of Google’s search engine ranking algorithm which does not rank my sites on top if I perform a title search but scraper sites (sites that copy contents from my site). Something has gone terribly wrong here.


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