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how t0 change "about:home" search engine

how t0 change "about:home" search engine (at the moment it is yahoo), but i want google. if i search from adress bar then it is google. but i want google on homepage toSmiley Sad. thank you

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Re: how t0 change "about:home" search engine

@cor-el: This would probably work if you want to restore the default.

I've successfully changed my search-enginge to encrypted google on "about:home" with these steps:

1. Download a sqlite-Browser. (I've used this: Website (sqlitebrowser.sourceforge.net) / direct download win)

2. extract the zip-File

3. start the "SQLite Database Browser 2.0 b1"

4. open the "chromeappsstore.sqlite" file in your Profile Folder

5. click on Tab Browse Data and doubleclick on the value in the first row. (see screenshot below)

6. Insert the value you want.

Like you will see in the example values below, you can use any search you want and you can insert "_searchTerms_" instead of the search Term. I have these values:


  • Standart (google):

{"name":"Google","searchUrl":"http://www.google.com/search?q=_searchTerms_&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-USSmiley Surprisedfficial&cli..."}


  • encrypted Google:

{"name":"Google","searchUrl":"https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=_searchTerms_"}


  • yahoo:

{"name":"Yahoo","searchUrl":"http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=_searchTerms_"}


  • bing:

{"name":"Yahoo","searchUrl":"http://www.bing.com/search?q=_searchTerms_"}

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Re: how t0 change "about:home" search engine

I don't know if this would help but it should.


go to about config, search for "search"

and change: browser.search.defaultenginename and browser.search.order.1

to "Google"

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Re: how t0 change "about:home" search engine

Any way have about:home Google point to https://encrypted.google.com/search?q= instead of http://www.google.com/search?q=  ?

Also my keyword.URL is set to https://encrypted.google.com/search?q= so that doesn't help about:home point to Encrypted Google.

New Contributor

Re: how t0 change "about:home" search engine

ok, but where I can find about config? I think I understand you, but I dont know where I can find it. Thank you

New Contributor

Re: how t0 change "about:home" search engine

It can be found at about:config, just type that into the awesome (adress) bar and click "I'll be careful I promise!"

Site Moderator

Re: how t0 change "about:home" search engine

You need to set another page as your home page. You can't change the search engine that is used on the about:home page.

New Contributor

Re: how t0 change "about:home" search engine

I'm having the same problem as well. I want the search engine at about:home to be Google instead of Yahoo. I tried idoln95's advice to change the value of browser.search.defaultenginename to Google and tested the search engine of about:home, but the search engine used was still Yahoo.

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Re: how t0 change "about:home" search engine

You can try to delete the file chromeappsstore.sqlite in the Profile Folder.

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Re: how t0 change "about:home" search engine

@cor-el: This would probably work if you want to restore the default.

I've successfully changed my search-enginge to encrypted google on "about:home" with these steps:

1. Download a sqlite-Browser. (I've used this: Website (sqlitebrowser.sourceforge.net) / direct download win)

2. extract the zip-File

3. start the "SQLite Database Browser 2.0 b1"

4. open the "chromeappsstore.sqlite" file in your Profile Folder

5. click on Tab Browse Data and doubleclick on the value in the first row. (see screenshot below)

6. Insert the value you want.

Like you will see in the example values below, you can use any search you want and you can insert "_searchTerms_" instead of the search Term. I have these values:


  • Standart (google):

{"name":"Google","searchUrl":"http://www.google.com/search?q=_searchTerms_&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-USSmiley Surprisedfficial&cli..."}


  • encrypted Google:

{"name":"Google","searchUrl":"https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=_searchTerms_"}


  • yahoo:

{"name":"Yahoo","searchUrl":"http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=_searchTerms_"}


  • bing:

{"name":"Yahoo","searchUrl":"http://www.bing.com/search?q=_searchTerms_"}

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Re: how t0 change "about:home" search engine

@dr_watson

Thank you for coming up with that information.