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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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:
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!
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).
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!
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.
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.