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Sigh. I fired up firefox today and it is somehow now set to use yahoo as the default search engine on the address bar. This solution here no longer works, because keyword.url has been removed.

I have tried googling around but I cant seem to find a solution. How can this be solved? I am using Mozilla Firefox 29.0.1


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Change your default search engine to Google for the search bar and Firefox's Awesome Bar will use that search engine when you type into the address bar.


You can also change this from about:config. Find browser.search.defaultenginename and change it to Google.

  • Thanks Vinayak. A couple things: I do not have an awesome bar on my brower. I also tried it through config, but now when I search for something, it tries to find a site by that name... it is not taking me to google... – TheGrapeBeyond Jun 2 '14 at 13:16
  • First of all, you do have Awesome Bar. Secondly, if you enter text with spaces in them (e.g. "cotton candy") into the address bar (aka Awesome Bar) it will take you to Google. It also works for words without spaces, so I'm not sure what you're saying here. – Vinayak Jun 2 '14 at 13:29
  • Here is my mozilla screen shot Where do you see a drop down from the Awesome/Address bar? – TheGrapeBeyond Jun 2 '14 at 13:42
  • The address bar is called the Awesome Bar. What I think you were trying to find is the search bar. You can enable that by right clicking anywhere on the toolbar and selecting "Customize". Then drag and drop the search bar onto the toolbar. This forum post might be of interest to you. – Vinayak Jun 2 '14 at 14:05
  • No. I am not after the search bar. I want google to be the default search engine on the address bar. If I go to the address bar, and just start typing something, it will search google. This was what it would always do until today. Now it searches yahoo. – TheGrapeBeyond Jun 2 '14 at 14:11

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