How to Change the Google Address Bar in Firefox

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Mozilla Firefox has a feature that allows you to enter search terms directly into the browser address bar and use a specified search engine to find what you are looking for. Firefox also offers a secondary search bar, to the right of the address bar, that you can use to perform Internet searches. Both of these tools can be less time-consuming if you perform frequent searches, however both of these tools use Google as the default search engine. If you prefer to use a search engine other than Google, changing the address bar or search bar settings is a simple task.

Change Firefox Address Bar Search Engine

  • Click on Start > Programs > Mozilla Firefox to launch the browser. Alternatively, double-click the icon on your computer desktop.

  • Input "about:config" into the address bar and press "Enter." Click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

  • Input "keyword.URL" into the "Filter" field and press "Enter."

  • Double-click the "keyword.URL" item that appears in the list and input the address of the search site you want to use when you type a search into Firefox's address bar. For example, if you wish to use Bing's search engine, enter "http://www.bing.com/search?q="; if you wish to use Yahoo's search engine enter "http://search.yahoo.com/search?p="; if you wish to use Google's standard search engine (instead of the "I'm Feeling Lucky" search results) enter "http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&q="; or if you wish to use Ask's search engine enter "http://www.ask.com/web?q=".

  • Click "OK" to save the changes, then restart the browser.

Change Firefox Search Bar

  • Click on Start > Programs > Mozilla Firefox to launch the browser. Alternatively, double-click the icon on your computer desktop.

  • Click the drop-down arrow next to the "Google" icon on the Firefox search bar, located directly to the right of the Firefox address bar. A list of different search engine options will appear. Scroll down and select the search engine you wish to use.

  • Input your search query into the Firefox search bar and press "Enter" to search the chosen search engine.

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