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How to change message context menu search to DuckDuckGo

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If you select a word in a message and right click, you get a context menu with one of the choices being "Search Bing for '<selected "="" <="" p="" word(s)'=""></selected>

How can I change that to DuckDuckGo. (They have more of the same values as Mozilla than M$ has!)

If you select a word in a message and right click, you get a context menu with one of the choices being "Search Bing for '<selected word(s)' " How can I change that to DuckDuckGo. (They have more of the same values as Mozilla than M$ has!)

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I haven't been able to test this hands on (Thunderbird not installed on this computer), but based on some help articles and a blog post...

  1. Right-click this link and save the file to a convenient location: https://duckduckgo.com/opensearch.xml and rename it to something like duckduckgo.xml to avoid any name conflicts
  2. Open your Thunderbird profile folder from inside Thunderbird using Help > Troubleshooting Information, then in the first table on the page under Application Basics, click the "Show Folder" button
  3. If the profile folder does not contain a subfolder named searchplugins then go ahead and create one
  4. Move or copy the duckduckgo.xml file from step 1 into the searchplugins folder
  5. Exit out of Thunderbird and start it up again
  6. Use the search bar to find results with the current search engine
  7. When the results display, an icon for DuckDuckGo should now appear in the narrow bar along the left edge of the window: click DuckDuckGo and then click the heart icon at the bottom of that bar to make it your default
  8. Test the right-click context menu search to confirm that the switch worked

Success?

References:


Just saw this in another post, with nearly the same steps but they get the plugin from the Add-ons site instead of their own site: https://duck.co/help/desktop/thunderbird

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I guess putting apostrophes, quotes, etc. messed up my post, so I'll try to clarify...

the context menu reads Search Bing for whatever word(s) you selected.

I guess putting apostrophes, quotes, etc. messed up my post, so I'll try to clarify... the context menu reads Search Bing for whatever word(s) you selected.
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I haven't been able to test this hands on (Thunderbird not installed on this computer), but based on some help articles and a blog post...

  1. Right-click this link and save the file to a convenient location: https://duckduckgo.com/opensearch.xml and rename it to something like duckduckgo.xml to avoid any name conflicts
  2. Open your Thunderbird profile folder from inside Thunderbird using Help > Troubleshooting Information, then in the first table on the page under Application Basics, click the "Show Folder" button
  3. If the profile folder does not contain a subfolder named searchplugins then go ahead and create one
  4. Move or copy the duckduckgo.xml file from step 1 into the searchplugins folder
  5. Exit out of Thunderbird and start it up again
  6. Use the search bar to find results with the current search engine
  7. When the results display, an icon for DuckDuckGo should now appear in the narrow bar along the left edge of the window: click DuckDuckGo and then click the heart icon at the bottom of that bar to make it your default
  8. Test the right-click context menu search to confirm that the switch worked

Success?

References:


Just saw this in another post, with nearly the same steps but they get the plugin from the Add-ons site instead of their own site: https://duck.co/help/desktop/thunderbird

I haven't been able to test this hands on (Thunderbird not installed on this computer), but based on some help articles and a blog post... # Right-click this link and save the file to a convenient location: https://duckduckgo.com/opensearch.xml and rename it to something like duckduckgo.xml to avoid any name conflicts<br> # Open your Thunderbird profile folder from inside Thunderbird using Help > Troubleshooting Information, then in the first table on the page under Application Basics, click the "Show Folder" button<br> # If the profile folder does not contain a subfolder named '''searchplugins''' then go ahead and create one<br> # Move or copy the duckduckgo.xml file from step 1 into the searchplugins folder<br> # Exit out of Thunderbird and start it up again<br> # Use the search bar to find results with the current search engine<br> # When the results display, an icon for DuckDuckGo should now appear in the narrow bar along the left edge of the window: click DuckDuckGo and then click the heart icon at the bottom of that bar to make it your default<br> # Test the right-click context menu search to confirm that the switch worked Success? References: * [[Profiles TB]] * [[Add Search Engine to Open Search]] * [http://www.bloggure.info/www/duckduckgo-in-thunderbird.html DuckDuckGo in Thunderbird – Bloggure | There is no place like ::1] ---- Just saw this in another post, with nearly the same steps but they get the plugin from the Add-ons site instead of their own site: https://duck.co/help/desktop/thunderbird

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farmerguiguy said

If you select a word in a message and right click, you get a context menu with one of the choices being "Search Bing for '<selected "="" (they="" <="" as="" blockquote="" can="" change="" duckduckgo.="" has!)="" have="" how="" i="" m$="" more="" mozilla="" of="" same="" than="" that="" the="" to="" values="" word(s)'=""></selected>
''farmerguiguy [[#question-1076352|said]]'' <blockquote> If you select a word in a message and right click, you get a context menu with one of the choices being "Search Bing for '<selected word(s)' " How can I change that to DuckDuckGo. (They have more of the same values as Mozilla than M$ has!) </blockquote>

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jscher2000, you are BRILLIANT! Thank you so much...

BTW, the link posted below the line has some useless instructions. I wrote DuckDuckGo about the problems with the post.

But, YOU, jscher2000, solved it perfectly. I'm a happy man!

jscher2000, you are '''BRILLIANT'''! Thank you so much... BTW, the link posted below the line has some useless instructions. I wrote DuckDuckGo about the problems with the post. But, YOU, jscher2000, solved it perfectly. I'm a happy man!