Change Address Bar Search Provider in Firefox

When Firefox performs a search from the Address Bar, it queries the same search engine you have setup in the search bar. If it’s using Yahoo, you can switch to Google. Don’t like Google? Use DuckDuckGo. Here’s how to switch which search engine Firefox searches when you use the address bar to search.

This tutorial applies to Firefox for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Firefox 23 and Higher

  1. Select the small downward arrow located in the search box.
  2. Choose the desired search engine from the list and you’re done. If it is not listed, select “Manage Search Engines“.
  3. Modify the listed search engines as desired by selecting “Edit Keyword…” or select “Get more search engines…
  4. Find the search engine you would like to add, then select the “Add to Firefox” button next to it.

The search engine provider for both the address bar and the search box will be changed to use the search engine you have selected.

Older Versions

  1. In Firefox type “about:config” in the address bar and press “Enter“.
  2. If prompted with a warning, select the “Yes, I’ll be careful” button.
  3. Search and locate the entry for “keyword.URL
  4. Double-click “keyword.URL” and set the value based on which search provider you would like to use for your address bar searches. Here are a few search strings you can use.
    • Yahoo: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=
    • Ask: http://www.ask.com/web?q=
    • Bing: http://www.bing.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=
    • DuckDuckGo: http://duckduckgo.com/?q=
    • Google: http://www.google.com/search?&q=
    • ChaCha: http://www.chacha.com/search/

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