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for the search engine, is there way to change the default search engine

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for the search engine, is there way to change the default search engine

for the search engine, is there way to change the default search engine instead of changing it each time i open firefox. (ie: mine is currently yahoo and i want to use google)?

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Re: for the search engine, is there way to change the default search engine

Type about:config in the Location (address) bar and press the "Enter" key. When you see a warning, click I'll be careful, I promise! button.

  • Preferences that have been modified are shown as bold (user set).
  • Preferences can be Reset to the default or changed via the right-click context menu.
  • http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config

-> In the Filter bar, type keyword.URL

-> In the Filter bar, type browser.search.defaultenginename

  • right-click the preference browser.search.defaultenginename and choose Reset from the menu
  • OR choose Modify -> type Google
  • click OK

-> In the Filter bar, type browser.search.selectedEngine

  • right-click the preference browser.search.selectedEngine and choose Reset from the menu
  • OR choose Modify -> type Google
  • click OK

-> Close the about:config tab and Restart Firefox.

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Re: for the search engine, is there way to change the default search engine

You want to change the Search Engine from the Search bar or Location bar ??

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Re: for the search engine, is there way to change the default search engine

search bar. mine has a yahoo icon, but i rather use google. I tried the drop down menu and there is no option for default.

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Re: for the search engine, is there way to change the default search engine

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

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Re: for the search engine, is there way to change the default search engine

Perform the suggestions mentioned in the following article:

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Re: for the search engine, is there way to change the default search engine

Thanks for your help, but when I do that and close the window and reopen it, its not on google anymore, but back to yahoo. I am looking to change the default to google.

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Re: for the search engine, is there way to change the default search engine

@cor-el, I am confused about how you wrote it up. You wrote don't make any changes in safe mode. If I don't make changes there, where do I make them? Do I just use safe mode to figure out where the problem is and then change it out of safe mode? Thanks again!

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Re: for the search engine, is there way to change the default search engine

Cor-el said : Don't make any changes on the Safe mode start window

By this he means that Don't Select any of the 5 Checkmark Options presented in the attached screenshot of the Safe Mode window. Just click Continue in Safe Mode button.

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Re: for the search engine, is there way to change the default search engine

Thanks for the suggestion. I finally had a chance to try it and in safe mode it is still listing yahoo as the default. I noticed the change after my dad had me install iobit software or another program. In safe mode, it was disabled and yahoo still listed as search engine. I tried setting it back to default settings in the window you told me not to, and its listed as yahoo. Any other suggestions? Or I guess I can just live with always changing it. You would think when you go to the manage search engines, there is a way to choose default.

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Re: for the search engine, is there way to change the default search engine

An extension may change the setting back to Yahoo after you've changed the search engine to Google either via the user interface or on the about:config page.

So if you've changed the search engine Google and the change doesn't keep then you can check out if an extension is causing it.