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Unable to choose Google as search engine

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I recently stared using Firefox (updated 68.0) on Mac OS 10.14.5. It defaulted to Bing as a search engine, but I prefer Google. However, when I go under Preferences to Search, the only search engines listed are Bing, Amazon, and Ebay. "Restore Default Search Engines" is grayed out. There does not seem to be a way to add a search engine o that box. I did click "Find more search engines . . . " but regular Google.com (as opposed to google.ru, etc) was not included in that list.

I did more noodling around and tried going to Google.com, clicking the three dots in the URL, and choosing "Add Search Engine." But "Add Search Engine" is not available at google.com. That suggests to me that it should already be on the list, but it isn't.

Can anyone suggest something I haven't tried?

I recently stared using Firefox (updated 68.0) on Mac OS 10.14.5. It defaulted to Bing as a search engine, but I prefer Google. However, when I go under Preferences to Search, the only search engines listed are Bing, Amazon, and Ebay. "Restore Default Search Engines" is grayed out. There does not seem to be a way to add a search engine o that box. I did click "Find more search engines . . . " but regular Google.com (as opposed to google.ru, etc) was not included in that list. I did more noodling around and tried going to Google.com, clicking the three dots in the URL, and choosing "Add Search Engine." But "Add Search Engine" is not available at google.com. That suggests to me that it should already be on the list, but it isn't. Can anyone suggest something I haven't tried?
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Hi kcatmull, could you try resetting your search engine settings by removing the settings file. Here's how:

Open your current Firefox settings (AKA Firefox profile) folder using either

  • "3-bar" menu button > "?" Help > Troubleshooting Information
  • (menu bar) Help > Troubleshooting Information
  • type or paste about:support in the address bar and press Enter/Return

In the first table on the page, on the Profile Folder row, click the "Show in Finder" button. If Finder highlights an icon with a semi-random name like a1b2c3d4.default, double-click it to display the contents of that profile folder.

Leaving that window open, switch back to Firefox and Quit, either:

  • "3-bar" menu button > Quit
  • (menu bar) Firefox > Quit

Pause while Firefox finishes its cleanup, then rename search.json.mozlz4 to something like searchOLD.json.mozlz4.

Start Firefox back up again. Are all of the built-in search engines listed on the Preferences page?

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ugh sorry, part of my question disappeared. It should have said

I did more noodling around and tried going to Google, clicking the three dots in the search bar, and choosing "Add Search Engine" but "Add Search Engine" was not available. Which suggests it should already be in the list but it's not. It's kind of maddening.

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Check out https://mycroftproject.com/


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Modified by FredMcD

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Yes, I noticed that Flash was installed as well. Will uninstall.

As for my actual problem, the mycroft link did not work, as apparently--and as I guessed in my question--Google is already installed. It just is no showing up in my list of choices.

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Hi kcatmull, could you try resetting your search engine settings by removing the settings file. Here's how:

Open your current Firefox settings (AKA Firefox profile) folder using either

  • "3-bar" menu button > "?" Help > Troubleshooting Information
  • (menu bar) Help > Troubleshooting Information
  • type or paste about:support in the address bar and press Enter/Return

In the first table on the page, on the Profile Folder row, click the "Show in Finder" button. If Finder highlights an icon with a semi-random name like a1b2c3d4.default, double-click it to display the contents of that profile folder.

Leaving that window open, switch back to Firefox and Quit, either:

  • "3-bar" menu button > Quit
  • (menu bar) Firefox > Quit

Pause while Firefox finishes its cleanup, then rename search.json.mozlz4 to something like searchOLD.json.mozlz4.

Start Firefox back up again. Are all of the built-in search engines listed on the Preferences page?

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yes! that solved it, thank you SO much!