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If you right click on a word in Firefox 13, a context menu shows

search google for [that word]

Then if you click on it, it creates a new tab with a google search for that word. I'd like to change the default url for that search. To be specific, I want to change the current http search URL to https search URL.

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Follow these steps to add Google encrypted keyword search in Firefox.

  • Type about:config in address bar.

  • Search for keyword.url

  • Edit the value and change the address to https://encrypted.google.com/

  • Install the addon Add to Search

  • Open the Google HTTPs web search page, right-click the search form and select Add to Search Bar.This opens a basic form where the name, keyword and icon can be selected.Add engine to search bar.

  • Restart the browser.

Now the keyword search will search with https search url.

Hope this helps

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The question is about context menu searches, not keyword searches from the address bar. –  Gurken Papst Dec 28 '12 at 17:02


In about:config, the value for keyword.url ... just change it to: https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=

The above method worked well, but the google engine needed the '/search?q=' after the google.com

Works like a charm.

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The question is about context menu searches, not keyword searches from the address bar. –  Gurken Papst Dec 28 '12 at 17:03

The context menu does not always show an entry for Google search, it shows an entry for the currently selected search engine. So you just have to change the search engine. A search plugin for encrypted Google search is available from e.g. http://mycroft.mozdev.org/google-search-plugins.html.

The search via context menu is not related to keyword.url, which is used when entering keywords in the address bar.

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can't I change the URL for the searches from context menu by modifying something from about:config..? without any addon..? –  shashwat Dec 28 '12 at 8:19
No, you cannot modify your search engines through settings from about:config, but ... Yes, you can modify them without any add-on since you just have to add/create/edit a search plugin. A source for plugins is already mentioned in my previous answer. To modify plugins, edit the xml files in your searchplugins directory in your Firefox profile. See support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/… an/or developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/… for more information. –  Gurken Papst Dec 28 '12 at 17:01

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