Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Changing the default search engine for Firefox keyword searches ...
Whilst helping a friend / colleague / buddy / fellow caramel latte consumer, I stumbled upon a need to change the search engine that Firefox uses for keyword searches ( those entered via the Address Bar rather than the Search box ).
Mike wanted to enter a search string ( apparently known as a keyword search ) into the Address Bar and have it use http://www.google.co.uk rather than http://www.google.com.
The solution ?
Change the Firefox internal configuration using the URL about:config ( heeding the warnings re dragons, warranties etc. ) and set the value of: -
If it's of interest, the about:config URL/command actually updates an underlying Firefox preference files ( prefs.js ) which, on my Mac, is stored here: -
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