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How to Change FireFox Default Search Engine

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Published on Aug 20, 2012

FireFox comes with 2 ways to search on the web. The Address Bar on the left and the Search Bar on the right. The Address bar displays the current URL but you can also search directly from it. The smaller Search Bar on the right is similar to the Address bar, but you can change the Search Engine much quicker and it will show suggestions.

To change the Search Bar Engine, click the down arrow next to the Search Engine icon and select one of the other engines. Click "Manage Search Engines" to organize the Search Engines. You can delete, re-order or add new Search Engines.

To change the Address Bar default Search Engine, type "about:config" (no quotes) into the address bar. A message will pop up warning you that you could void the warranty, click "I'll be careful". Type "keyword" into the new input field. Double-click the "keyword.URL" entry. Replace the highlighted text with the correct url for the search engine you want. The 5 I demonstrated in the video are below, (copy the equals sign as well). For other search engines, use the same process of deleting everything after the ampersand and copying to the left of the query.

Google https://www.google.com/search?q=
Bing http://www.bing.com/search?q=
Yahoo http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/results?search...
Ask http://www.ask.com/web?q=

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