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How do I stop FF 18.0 from resetting pref.js on startup

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How do I stop FF 18.0 from resetting pref.js on startup

I am trying to implement a suggested solution to Search on home page does not work. To do this I am advised to reset the key - browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone.

I do this and check the value in pref.js and via trouble shooting information. The value has been removed.
I exit FF. Checking pref.js shows value not present in file.
I restart FF and the line has been restored to pref.js (confirmed by troubleshooting info) .

How do I stop this value from being reinstated ?

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Re: How do I stop FF 18.0 from resetting pref.js on startup

At-least it's working now & issue is resolved =0 Glad something whichever answer it was helped you to solve your issue.

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Re: How do I stop FF 18.0 from resetting pref.js on startup

When you enter a search term in the Firefox location bar and press Enter, Firefox will per default do a "I'm feeling lucky" Google search and redirect you to the first result that matches your search term. This behaviour can be changed by a number of add-ons. If you'd like to restore the previous default behaviour, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter about:config in the Firefox location bar and press Enter.
  2. You should see a warning that making changes to the Firefox configuration can be potentially harmful to Firefox's integrity. Click the I'll be careful, I promise button to continue.
  3. In the Search box at the top, enter keyword as the search term. You should see a few remaining items, one of these is keyword.URL. It should be bold.
  4. Right-click on the keyword.URL setting and select Reset from the dropdown menu.

Now you're done. Please report back if this fixes your problem. Thanks in advance!

You can find more information about the Location bar search feature in the Search the web from the address bar article.

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Re: How do I stop FF 18.0 from resetting pref.js on startup

hello paul, do you have a file named user.js present in your profile folder? if so rename or delete that file - it is used to override settings from pref.js...

How to fix preferences that won't save

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Re: How do I stop FF 18.0 from resetting pref.js on startup

I o have that file but it does not contain an over-ride to the value i am changing. I renamed file anyway, changed value and problem still occurs :-(

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Re: How do I stop FF 18.0 from resetting pref.js on startup

The re-setting of keyword.URl does not reslove the problem either

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Re: How do I stop FF 18.0 from resetting pref.js on startup

ok, this preference is getting updated by firefox on each start automatically, so what you're observing is actually expected behaviour: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone

do the other suggestions from https://support.mozilla.org/questions/934580 work to address your original problem?

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Re: How do I stop FF 18.0 from resetting pref.js on startup

install the Search Reset Tool. & see if this helps.

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Re: How do I stop FF 18.0 from resetting pref.js on startup

Thanks for the update paul, try installing the add-on I just indicated & post back with the results.

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Re: How do I stop FF 18.0 from resetting pref.js on startup

Madperson : I tried all the suggestions in questions/934580 but the issue was not resolved. Note that local storage - search engine was set to null but even after resetting as shown tthe problem still existed.

Dbelica82: Installed search reset add on - did not resolve issue.

All: However, I shut down my machine, after all the above actions. FF came up minimised. Screen size was set to reduced. - reset , tried again - it all worked !?!

Cannot pinpoint what worked. Thanks to both for your suggestions and help

regards

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Re: How do I stop FF 18.0 from resetting pref.js on startup

At-least it's working now & issue is resolved =0 Glad something whichever answer it was helped you to solve your issue.