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Hi, my search engines won't stay in the order I want them to be since the last update. Help please?

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I basically order them as I use them, but ever since the last update, they shift back to alphabetical order automatically. Which is a tiny bit annoying.

Is it a bug or something that was newly implemented and won't be changed?

Also, yes, when I first noticed, I removed the 'old' search engines and replaced them, just in case it still won't work. I reorder them and when I reboot firefox, they're back to alphabetical.

Thanks for your help!

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If a value has surrounding quotes then it is treated as a String value.
A Boolean pref needs the Boolean true/false value without quotes.

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cor-el
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Try to delete the search.json file and a possible search.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder.

You can use this button to go to the Firefox profile folder:

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder

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Thanks for this very quick answer, cor-el! It didn't work, unfortunately. I deleted both files, reordered the search engines, stopped FF and started it again, back to alphabetical :( Sorry!

cor-el
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You can check for problems with preferences and try to rename or delete the prefs.js file and possible numbered prefs-##.js files and a possible user.js file to reset all prefs to the default values.

Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions (Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance).

  • Do NOT click the Reset button on the Safe mode start window or otherwise make changes.

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Strangely enough, none of this worked... So I just reinstalled it. I'm a bit annoyed by the fact I couldn't find the problem but there you go, it works again. Thanks for your help anyway!

cor-el
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Create a new profile as a test to check if your current profile is causing the problems.

See "Creating a profile":

If the new profile works then you can transfer some files from an existing profile to the new profile, but be careful not to copy corrupted files.

Moriaki 0 solutions 1 answers

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Hi.

The problem probably was in incorrect entry in prefs.js. I had the same issue and that was in my config:

user_pref("browser.search.useDBForOrder", "true"); -bad

user_pref("browser.search.useDBForOrder", true); - good

The wrong value set search engines always in alphabetical order. Some plugin responsible for context searching, has change this entry to wrong value.

Modified by Moriaki

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If a value has surrounding quotes then it is treated as a String value.
A Boolean pref needs the Boolean true/false value without quotes.