How to Add Search Engines to Firefox

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Firefox 36 for Windows 7 and 8.1 includes a feature called One-Click Search which allows you to perform a search using a website-specific search engine instead of Google or Bing -- for example, searching Amazon, eBay or IMDb directly from your Firefox search bar. You can add search engines to your One-Click Search menu by either clicking the Plus icon in the search bar or by installing a search Add-on -- provided that one is available for the chosen website.

Firefox includes several One-Click Search engines out of the box, such as Wikipedia or Twitter.
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Step 1

Visit the home page of the website that has the search engine you want to add to Firefox and click on the Magnifying Glass icon next to the search bar. If it's possible to add to Firefox's One-Click Search, a green plus sign icon appears next to the magnifying glass.

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Step 2

Select Add X, where "X" is the name of the current website. You have now added this search engine to Firefox's One-Click Search list.

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Step 3

Search the website you just added to One-Click Search by typing a keyword or phrase in the search bar and selecting the website's icon from the One-Click Search list.

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Step 1

Click on the Magnifying Glass icon next to the search bar and select Change Search Settings to open Firefox's Search Settings window.

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Step 2

Select Add More Search Engines to open a page on the Firefox Add-ons store listing search Add-ons available for download.

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Step 3

Hover your mouse over the Add-on you wish to download and select Add to Firefox.

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Step 4

Click Add to finish installing the Add-on. Optionally, activate the check box if you wish to set this new search engine as the default Firefox search engine. You can perform searches using the new search engine by typing a search term in the search bar and clicking its icon in the pop-up menu.

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Tips & Warnings

  • If your One-Click Search engine list is getting too crowded, you can remove search engines by editing your search settings. Open the Search Settings window by clicking on the "Magnifying Glass" icon and selecting "Change Search Settings." Deactivate the check boxes next to the search engines you do not want to use anymore and click on "OK" to confirm your new settings.
  • You can set one of your One-Click Search engines as the default Firefox search engine by selecting it from the "Default Search Engine" drop-down menu in the Search Settings window.
  • Most major websites' search engines are compatible with Firefox's One-Click Search feature. This includes popular destinations such as CNN.com, eBay, Twitter or Wikipedia.

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