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How to Change the URL Address Bar Search for Firefox

Updated July 20, 2017

When you type something that isn't a Web URL into the Mozilla Firefox address bar, Firefox submits it to Google, then either sends you to the most relevant website or displays a Google search results page if there's no clear match. Firefox uses Google search for the address bar even if you've set the Firefox search box to a different search engine. If you want Firefox to use a different search engine for the address bar, modify the keyword search URL in Firefox's about:config section.

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Type "about:config" into the Firefox address bar and press "Enter." Click the "I'll Be Careful, I Promise!" button.

Type "keyword.URL" into the Filter box at the top of the page. Double-click the "keyword.URL" setting.

Type a new search engine URL into the "keyword.URL" box. For example, type "http://www.bing.com/search?q=" to use Bing for the address bar or "http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=" to set Yahoo! as the default Firefox search engine. Click "OK."

Tip

Reset the address bar search to Google by right-clicking the "keyword.URL" setting and clicking "Reset."

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About the Author

Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around tech geek who writes for PC World, MakeUseOf, and How-To Geek. He's been using Windows since Windows 3.1 was released in 1992.

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