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

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

  3. Type a new search engine URL into the "keyword.URL" box. For example, type "" to use Bing for the address bar or "" to set Yahoo! as the default Firefox search engine. Click "OK."

  4. 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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