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A few months ago, when I typed something completely irrelevant in the location bar of Firefox, it would take me to Google search results. When I typed something like "facebook", it would take me to www.facebook.com.

I found out that I can turn my location bar into a search box. But this is not what I want as it always goes to the Google search results. I want it to be that way if I type completely irrelevant.

How can I get this feature back?

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It appears to be a documented bug in Firefox (9.0.1 at this time) that the "Domain guessing" feature is not working before the search keywords as it should be.

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=503171

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Wow, I feel so happy now that It was a bug. How did you even know that!? Thanks! –  Billy Jan 5 '12 at 1:48

One of the following methods should work when Firefox cannot resolve to a domain:

  1. About:config
    Set the value of keyword.URL to http://www.google.com/search?q=

  2. Google Public DNS
    Set your DNS servers to 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.

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It is already set to google.com/search?q= But as I stated in the question, this is not what I want. Since, with this configurations, when I type "facebook", it takes me to the google search results of the keyword "facebook" but I want it to go to www.facebook.com because this is something very known. I want it to take me to google search results when I type, for example, "pencil" as there is no widely known URL correlated with this keyword. –  Billy Jan 4 '12 at 23:32
    
How about the 2nd method? –  iglvzx Jan 4 '12 at 23:49
    
I can't try it because my DNS servers are fixed. If I change, my internet won't work. –  Billy Jan 5 '12 at 0:17

I think you want the automatic "I'm feeling lucky" search back. Try this.

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/790755

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Although this might be a good work around, the lack of information in this answer and the age of the question that has a valid answer makes it hard to want to keep / try this solution instead. –  AthomSfere May 10 '13 at 13:20

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