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?


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.


  • 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 and

  • 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

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