cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

how to change the default search engine in the firefox 4 start page?

Highlighted
New User

how to change the default search engine in the firefox 4 start page?

I upgraded to firefox 4 on my windows 7 computer and the home page was automatically set to the firefox 4 about:home start page. The search engine is automatically set to avg secure search. I want to set it to google(like the old home page) but I dont see an option to change it. I am aware I could just find the url for the old start page and use that but it would be nice to use the new one. anyone know how to change it?

07-15-2011 Locking this thread because it has gone off-topic. Please use Ask a new question and start your own thread. moderator

24 REPLIES
Site Moderator

Re: how to change the default search engine in the firefox 4 start page?

The Google search engine is hard coded for the about:home Home page. If you want to use another search engine then you need to change the Home page to another (search) page.

New User

Re: how to change the default search engine in the firefox 4 start page?

I'm also having the problem, and the solution suggested doesn't apply.

The about:home page is not hard coded for Google, at least on my Firefox v4. It's Yahoo, and I too would like to change it to Google. I can't seem to find out how to change it either.

New User

Re: how to change the default search engine in the firefox 4 start page?

dont say to change the keyword.url value either because that only changes the search provider in the address bar

New User

Re: how to change the default search engine in the firefox 4 start page?

ckeck trustnoone's answer here: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/769519#answer-137259

quoting: "If not I had to do this extra step where I had to reset these two things (search for them on filter: ) browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID

browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone "

I had the same problem and tried this. It worked!

kudos to trustnoone!

New User

Re: how to change the default search engine in the firefox 4 start page?

New User

Re: how to change the default search engine in the firefox 4 start page?

I deleted all the leftover avg files and tried trustnoone's solution, but now it's using yahoo search, not google

New User

Re: how to change the default search engine in the firefox 4 start page?

Just so it's easier, I'm gonna post a screen shot of what zarkony and I are talking about.

When we are at about:home, there's the search option on the page. After Zarkony deleted the AVG files, they are now in the same boat as me. That search goes to Yahoo. We want to set it to Google.

I've tried going through about:config but nothing seems to be about that default search option. What we're hoping is someone knows the solution to making that search, go to Google and not Yahoo, because Google is just all around better.


Is that clear enough? Or shall I explain more?

New User

Re: how to change the default search engine in the firefox 4 start page?

1. The picture you show it's the default Firefox page search bar. 2. If the search goes to Yahoo, then make sure Firefox is your default browser. Tools>Options>Advanced>General tab>check to make Firefox default browser. 3. If you want the home page to be Google, go to google.com and make that your home page: Tools>Options>General tab>click Use Current Page to make that your home page. You don't have to config anything.

New User

Re: how to change the default search engine in the firefox 4 start page?

I just did this and it worked!

1. open firefox, type in “about:config” in the keyword box (address bar).

2. scroll down to “keyword.url”

3. right click on the URL and select “modify”

4. copy and paste one of google’s three ways of searching:


Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky”: http://www.google.com/search?btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=

  • default pre-Firefox 2.0 (this is the traditional Google search engine)

Google “Browse by Name”: http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=

  • Does not open Google's search engine at all...but goes directly to sites. (Limits searching ability I think)

Google Search (Google search results page): http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=