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I try to install Bing, but get error: Firefox could not install the search plugin from "https://[etc.]" because an engine with the same name already exists. Bing isn't in the list of search engines. How can I get rid of the code?

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How can I get rid of Bing in firefox's configuration so that I can install/reinstall it? The browser seems to think it's there, but I don't see it.

How can I get rid of Bing in firefox's configuration so that I can install/reinstall it? The browser seems to think it's there, but I don't see it.

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I get the same error, and I assuming you're trying to use this "add-on" https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/bing/

Since you seem to be using Firefox 4, Bing should be included with search engines that come with Firefox 4 (notice that Bing add-on was last updated in 2009).

Back to indirectly answering your question, you should be able to get Bing back by restoring the default search engines of Firefox 4.

  1. Go to Manage Search Engines like user dmcritchie mentioned
  2. Click the Restore Defaults button (no worries, it should only move anything you added down rather than remove them).

Also, if you want Bing (or another search engine) to be the default, then just re-order the search engines list in Manage Search Engines.

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David McRitchie 320 solutions 3091 answers

Click on the drop-down next the favicon on the search bar, at the bottom is "Manage Search Engines", which allows you to move an engine up/down or remove it. The engines are not in alphabetical order unless you rearrange them yourself.

You can create a keyword shortcut by right-clicking within a search form and choosing "Add a keyword for this search...", which is builtin to Firefox.

You can use an extension to add a search engine also by right-clicking and choosing "Add to search bar..." . https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/add-to-search-bar/

More information on keyword shortcuts:

Click on the drop-down next the favicon on the search bar, at the bottom is "Manage Search Engines", which allows you to move an engine up/down or remove it. The engines are not in alphabetical order unless you rearrange them yourself. You can create a keyword shortcut by right-clicking within a search form and choosing "Add a keyword for this search...", which is builtin to Firefox. You can use an extension to add a search engine also by right-clicking and choosing "Add to search bar..." . https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/add-to-search-bar/ More information on keyword shortcuts: * Firefox Keyword Shortcuts http://dmcritchie.mvps.org/firefox/kws.htm

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As I said in my question, Bing is not in my search engines. I can't "manage" what is not there. I'm looking for where it might be in some code that firefox is reading. (I've also restarted firefox, thinking that maybe there was just some glitch loading all of the search engines -- I have added quite a few and have plenty of experience organizing them and reordering them, and do it for friends and relatives, as well -- I've never run into this problem before.)

As I said in my question, Bing is not ''in'' my search engines. I can't "manage" what is not there. I'm looking for where it might be in some code that firefox is reading. (I've also restarted firefox, thinking that maybe there was just some glitch loading all of the search engines -- I have added quite a few and have plenty of experience organizing them and reordering them, and do it for friends and relatives, as well -- I've never run into this problem before.)
Isaac Aggrey 2 solutions 14 answers

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I get the same error, and I assuming you're trying to use this "add-on" https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/bing/

Since you seem to be using Firefox 4, Bing should be included with search engines that come with Firefox 4 (notice that Bing add-on was last updated in 2009).

Back to indirectly answering your question, you should be able to get Bing back by restoring the default search engines of Firefox 4.

  1. Go to Manage Search Engines like user dmcritchie mentioned
  2. Click the Restore Defaults button (no worries, it should only move anything you added down rather than remove them).

Also, if you want Bing (or another search engine) to be the default, then just re-order the search engines list in Manage Search Engines.

I get the same error, and I assuming you're trying to use this "add-on" https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/bing/ Since you seem to be using Firefox 4, Bing ''should'' be included with search engines that come with Firefox 4 (notice that Bing add-on was last updated in 2009). Back to indirectly answering your question, you should be able to get Bing back by restoring the default search engines of Firefox 4. # Go to '''Manage Search Engines''' like user ''dmcritchie'' mentioned # Click the '''Restore Defaults''' button (no worries, it should only move anything you added down rather than remove them). Also, if you want Bing (or another search engine) to be the default, then just re-order the search engines list in '''Manage Search Engines'''.

Modified by Isaac Aggrey

Question owner

Thanks, isaacaggrey! I will try that!

I did delete it from the search engines -- either just before or just after I installed 4.0 -- but now I'm wanting to use it to compare results with other search engines, and I'm wishing I hadn't deleted it. My guess is that even though I deleted it, it didn't really fully uninstall because it's one of the default SEs.

I had been worried that if I restored default, I'd lose all the others I'd installed, too. Thanks for reassuring me that won't happen. :)

Thanks, isaacaggrey! I will try that! I did delete it from the search engines -- either just before or just after I installed 4.0 -- but now I'm wanting to use it to compare results with other search engines, and I'm wishing I hadn't deleted it. My guess is that even though I deleted it, it didn't really fully uninstall because it's one of the default SEs. I had been worried that if I restored default, I'd lose all the others I'd installed, too. Thanks for reassuring me that won't happen. :)

Question owner

Yay! Success -- I clicked restore defaults, and it popped back up. It must not want to actually "uninstall" the default search engines because if it did, it couldn't restore the defaults, so basically, I had just "hidden" it instead of uninstalling it as I had thought I'd done.

Thanks, isaacaggrey!

Yay! Success -- I clicked restore defaults, and it popped back up. It must not want to actually "uninstall" the default search engines because if it did, it couldn't restore the defaults, so basically, I had just "hidden" it instead of uninstalling it as I had thought I'd done. Thanks, isaacaggrey!
Isaac Aggrey 2 solutions 14 answers

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@ameliaadele: Awesome, glad to have helped! Go forth and enjoy the wide-open web on Firefox. :)

@ameliaadele: Awesome, glad to have helped! Go forth and enjoy the [http://www.mozilla.org/about/mission.html wide-open web] on Firefox. :)

Modified by Isaac Aggrey