How To Change Default Search Engine In Firefox?

In Firefox, you can perform searches from both the address bar as well as the search box. The default search engines are different for the address bar and the search bar. Changing one of them does not change the other. In this article we shall see how to change the default search engine in both the cases.

How to change Default Search Engine of Search Box in Firefox?

Changing the search engine for the search box is pretty easy. Just click on the drop down arrow beside the search engine icon and select a search engine of your choice. Firefox will remember this and will give search results using this search engine from now onwards whenever you type in the search bar.firefox_search_box

You can also assign keywords to a search engine. For example assigning ‘Yah’ to Yahoo.com will let you search for dkszone on Yahoo from the address bar by typing “Yah dkszone. For example, if the default search engine of address bar is Google, this feature will let you override it by placing the keyword for Yahoo before the search term. The steps to assign a keyword are:

  • Click on the drop down icon of the Search box.
  • Select Manage Search Engines. This will bring up the Manage Search Engines List window
  • Click on the search engine for which you want to assign a keyword and click Edit Keyword button.
  • Enter a keyword of your choice.

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How to change Default Search Engine of Address Bar in Firefox?

Whenever you type a keyword in Firefox’s Address bar (also known as location bar), it’s default search engine is used to show results for that keyword. If you want to change this default search engine of location bar, then you will have to edit about:config of Firefox. If you are not aware of about:config, then read this article on how to open and edit about:config in Firefox.

Assuming that you want to change your default search engine to Bing here are the steps to do it:
Make sure you do this carefully.

1. Open about:config in Firefox
2. Search for keyword.url from the filter box.
3. Double click on this entry. It will open a dialog where you can edit the ‘keyword.url’ string.
4. Change this string to http://www.bing.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=

firefox_change_addressbar_defaultsearchengineIn case you want to change the default search engine to some other search engine like Google, Yahoo, Ask, Conduit, Altavista etc. then simply replace searchengine with the name of the search engine in the string:

“http://www.searchengine.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=

For example in case of Google, the url will be:
“http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=

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19 Responses

  1. JH says:

    Actually BING had hijacked my address bar search engine, and I wanted to get it removed from there.
    Very helpful article!!!

  2. Santosh says:

    Same here. Culprit was enips. Thanks for the article!

  3. Megan says:

    Thank you. Like one of the above my Firefox search was suddenly hijacked by Bing. Now it’s back to Google.

  4. ljb27 says:

    Hey, thank you so much for posting this! Ask.com took over my address bar search engine and I wanted google back. And I was able to because of your article! Thank you very much!!!!

  5. Driuxa says:

    Thanks)

  6. Jerry says:

    Thanks I just updated to the latest version of FF and for some reason I was getting Yahoo searches!

    Weird…

  7. sci says:

    Same as JH and Megan.

    Thanks for the clear solution!

  8. vital says:

    Thanks a lot

  9. Andy says:

    Got hijacked by Yahoo!Search. Make me mad so bad. But hey, thanks for the article. It was awesome. I ♥ Google

  10. Albert says:

    I actually want Bing as my default search engine for the address bar, so thank you very much for posting this.

    For those here clamoring about Bing, I’d suggest you perform a blind search test to see which engine really performs better: “http://blindsearch.fejus.com/”

    • Biz22 says:

      This site is rigged. Go the the page for each search engine to do the searches & you will get differnt results than blindsearch gives.

  11. tony says:

    tks helped a lot

  12. Andrew Lord says:

    Great tip thank you very much.

  13. Phill says:

    Thank u so much, got bounced from bing to yahoo to this to some off name shit. now i wanna know how to lock it. damn pirates. thanx again!!!!

  14. Iamnymous says:

    Thanks a bunch! Updated to FF 4 recently and found out that yahoo hijacked my address bar search engine. I want my google back! lol…thanks again.

  15. Siddharth Jain says:

    Yeah, same. Bing hijacked. Wanted Google back. Thank you very much. Excellent instructions.

  16. Lucky Bhumkar says:

    Thanks its works

  17. Billy Bob says:

    Perfect. Now it’s DuckDuckGo all the way. Bye bye Google.