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How to set up Google search in Firefox to closest resemble how I use it in Chrome?

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1st) I go to https://www.google.com/ncr [No Country Redirect, see: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/873?hl=en]

2nd) My setup how I search on Google in Chrome by default is the following:

https://www.google.com/search?q=%s&hl=

If I want to search on No Country Redirect land, I simple press Ctrl+E [which brings me to default search] and enter my [search term], which will result in: https://www.google.com/search?q=search+term&hl=

Now if I want to search in a specific language (which I often need) other than English, some easy modifications:

For example, German: https://www.google.com/search?q=search+term&hl=DE

For example, French: https://www.google.com/search?q=search+term&hl=FR

That's it.

I don't understand what are these lots of [aqswdefrgthyjukiolkijuhygtfrdesasd] long strings in the default Firefox version of Google are, and why I should trust them? You might get a kickback for that from Google but sorry, that's not my business. :(

[Philosophical question: why are simple things in Firefox so much more complicated than in Chrome?]

1st) I go to https://www.google.com/ncr [No Country Redirect, see: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/873?hl=en] 2nd) My setup how I search on Google in Chrome by default is the following: https://www.google.com/search?q=%s&hl= If I want to search on No Country Redirect land, I simple press Ctrl+E [which brings me to default search] and enter my [search term], which will result in: https://www.google.com/search?q=search+term&hl= Now if I want to search in a specific language (which I often need) other than English, some easy modifications: For example, German: https://www.google.com/search?q=search+term&hl=DE For example, French: https://www.google.com/search?q=search+term&hl=FR That's it. I don't understand what are these lots of [aqswdefrgthyjukiolkijuhygtfrdesasd] long strings in the default Firefox version of Google are, and why I should trust them? You might get a kickback for that from Google but sorry, that's not my business. :( [Philosophical question: why are simple things in Firefox so much more complicated than in Chrome?]

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Firefox doesn't have a handy built-in interface for editing search strings. Instead, it uses search plugins, small .xml files based on the OpenSearch standard. You can find these files on the Add-ons site, on the Mycroft site (example: http://mycroftproject.com/google-search-plugins.html), and elsewhere. Many sites offer them, in which case a green + appears on the icon in the search bar.

You also can create your own custom search plugins. If you open the standard google.xml plugin in Firefox or IE as a page*, you can see the categories of data it contains. Most of it is encoded icons (using encoded icons means Firefox doesn't have to link out to a site to fetch the icon, potentially introducing a tracking issue). Toward the end you see how the query is constructed.

For example, if you search for Firefox using the standard Google plugin, the results page is:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Firefox&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

You can see from the plugin how this is constructed (toward the bottom):

<Url type="text/html" method="GET" template="https://www.google.com/search" rel="searchform">
  <Param name="q" value="{searchTerms}"/>
  <Param name="ie" value="utf-8"/>
  <Param name="oe" value="utf-8"/>
</Url>

And if you wanted to change that, you could copy and edit the file to your preferred parameters. Interested?

* On 32-bit Windows 7, the google.xml file is in this folder:

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\browser\searchplugins