Firefox comes with a search box which gives you the ability to search directly form there with even have to open a search engine. But the same thing can be done using the address bar too. Normally for the address bar the default search engine is either not set or is set to Bing. So if the search engine is not set for the address bar of if you want to change the default search engine to a search engine of your choice then here is how to do it.
Enter about:config in the address bar and hit enter. A warning page will be displayed. Press the I’ll be careful, I promise! button. Enter keyword.url in the filter. It will display the keyword.URL setting with value of the default search engine for the address bar. If the value is blank then it means that there is current no default search set for the address bar.
To change the value, double click on keyword.URL. A dialog will open which will prompt you the value to be changed to. Enter http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&q=
This you change the default search engine of the address bar to Google. Now you will be able to search anything directly form the address bar same as Google Chrome. If you want to change the default to some other search engine other than Google then check out the list below.
- Google Default: http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&q=
- Google Browse By Name: http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=
- Google I’m Feeling Lucky: http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&btnI=&q=
- Yahoo Search: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=
- Bing Search: http://www.bing.com/search?q=
- Ask: http://www.ask.com/web?q=
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