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how to change the default searchengine? the one activated in the adress-bar?

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how to change the default searchengine? the one activated in the adress-bar?

i got that damn bing as default search engine help me get rid of it once and for all. pleazzzzzzzze

edited to remove swearing - TonyE

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Re: how to change the default searchengine? the one activated in the adress-bar?

In Firefox type about:config in the address bar and press ENTER.

Search for Keyword

Locate and double-click the entry for keyword.URL

Modify it by add the below set of values :

Yahoo: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=

Ask: http://www.ask.com/web?q=

Bing: http://www.bing.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=

Google: http://www.google.com/search?&q=

DONE

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Re: how to change the default searchengine? the one activated in the adress-bar?

  1. Type about:config into the location bar and press enter
  2. Accept the warning message that appears, you will be taken to a list of preferences
  3. In the filter box type keyword to bring up a small number of preferences
  4. Right-click on the preference keyword.URL and choose Reset to set it back to Google

For more information see Search the web from the address bar. If the Bing bar has also been installed, this article can help - Removing the Search Helper Extension and Bing Bar

New User

Re: how to change the default searchengine? the one activated in the adress-bar?

it worked!! many thanks for your skill and quickness to adress my plight

New User

Re: how to change the default searchengine? the one activated in the adress-bar?

I tried this, but the reset button is grey and won't allow me to click. In my search bar I don't have an engine

New User

Re: how to change the default searchengine? the one activated in the adress-bar?

do as TonyE said. But when you see that damn grey reset button, juste double click on the field under value (or right click it and choose modify). A box should pop out, in which you can copy/paste the following "http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=". That should do it.

New User

Re: how to change the default searchengine? the one activated in the adress-bar?

simply uninstall firebox once and then reinstall,bing wil f......k .d

New User

Re: how to change the default searchengine? the one activated in the adress-bar?

thanks - this helped me too.. somehow the default search engine in the location bar got changed to Yahoo. May have happened when I was updating my Shockwave or something.. don't know. but now it's back to Google. Yay!

New User

Re: how to change the default searchengine? the one activated in the adress-bar?

reset itself.. again...don't know what's going on.. will try to do another reset...and copying in the URL from above. Hopefully THIS time the stupid thing will stay fixed.

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Re: how to change the default searchengine? the one activated in the adress-bar?

K, now it works. Note to self: omit the quote marks