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How do I change my about:home search engine from Yahoo?

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Well, I upgraded Firefox to 14.0 and I changed my homepage to the new "about:home" page, the one witch has a Firefox icon, below a textbox to do a search, and below that the buttons to access your favorites, downloads and etc. When I do a search on that textbox, it goes to Yahoo, and I wanted Google! I just hate Yahoo. How do I do that? Thank you.

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Reset the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone pref via the right-click context menu to the default on the about:config page and close and restart Firefox to restore the about:home page to its default.

  1. Open the about:config page via the location bar
  2. Type in the Filter bar: mstone
  3. Right-click the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone line and select: Reset
  4. Close and restart Firefox

If this didn't help then delete the delete the chromeappsstore.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder and repeat the above.

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See if this works to reset that about:home search engine back to Google.

With the about:home page loaded, paste this in the Location Bar and hit Enter.

 
javascript:{localStorage["search-engine"]="{\"name\":\"Google\",\"searchUrl\":\"http://www.google.com/search?q=_searchTerms_&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a\"}";void(0);}
 
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Note that the code only changes the name and URL and doesn't restore the icon and other parameters in local storage, so it is better to reset the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone as the preferred method to reset the about:home page.