How To Change Firefox Location Bar Search Preference

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Sunday, November 18, 2007

Note: If you want to change your Firefox location bar search engine to Google then refer to the linked article instead.

By default in Firefox you can type one or more keywords in the location bar. Firefox recognizes that it is not an URL and uses I’m Lucky search with Google search engine for version < 2; it uses Google search by name for Firefox version 2 and above. Here is how you can change it.

1. Type about:config in the location bar and press Enter.

2. Type keyword.URL in filter and double-click on the displayed line. You will note that the default value is something like:

3. Change it to the query string of another search engine of your choice. For example if you want to use our blog results for your default search then you should replace it with:

5. Hit OK and close the browser tab.

You are done. Now you can use your favorite search engine to search using your location bar, instead of Google.


January 26, 2010: 3:37 pm

Exactly what I needed.

March 8, 2009: 5:53 pm

thanku so much mate…

February 12, 2009: 8:39 pm

Please help me stop the 404 error redirection to ‘’ (a yahoo site).

September 3, 2008: 4:58 pm

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March 22, 2008: 12:28 pm

Thank you! Your article really helped me :)
I had the problem that ICQ replaced Google and I wanted Google back :D

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