Change The Default Address Field Search Engine For Mozilla Firefox

Have you ever tried to input a few keywords on the address bar of Mozilla Firefox, other than typing the whole URL? Well, if you haven't, Firefox, by default, uses the Google search engine to search for those keywords and displays the results. However, if it can find a suitable website that, it feels, is suitable enough, that website shall be loaded.

Now, what if you don't like to use Google search engine? What if you wish to search the web using Yahoo or MSN Live or any other search engine? Here's the tweak.
  1. Open up Firefox window and focus on a fresh tab.
  2. Type about:config in the address bar.
  3. In the text box titled "Filter", search for a key named keyword.URL.
  4. Double-Click on that key and you get a dialog box. This is where you need to provide the search string for your favorite search engine.
Here are a few search strings for a few popular search engines that you can use:
  • Google -
  • MSN Live -
  • Yahoo -
  • -
  • -
  • Gigablast -
  • Rediff -
  • Excite -

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