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Use the Search bar in Firefox

You can use the Search bar in Firefox to search the Web with your favorite search engines.

Using the Search bar

  1. Simply type into the Search bar on your toolbar or on the New Tab page.
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  2. As you type into the toolbar search, your default search engine shows you suggestions to help you search faster. For more information, see Search suggestions in Firefox and Use popular search suggestions in the Firefox Search bar.
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  3. Press returnEnter to search using your default search engine, or select another search engine by clicking on its logo.

Available search engines

Firefox comes with the following search engines by default:

  • Yahoo for searching the web via Yahoo
  • Google for searching the web via Google
  • Bing for searching the web via Microsoft Bing
  • Amazon.com for searching for products on the Amazon.com retail website
  • DuckDuckGo as a search engine for users who don't want to be tracked when they search
  • eBay for looking up items for sale or auction at eBay
  • Twitter for searching people on Twitter
  • Wikipedia (en) for searching the English Wikipedia free online encyclopedia
  • Yahoo for searching the web via Yahoo
  • Google for searching the web via Google
  • Bing for searching the web via Microsoft Bing
  • Amazon.com for searching for products on the Amazon.com retail website
  • DuckDuckGo as a search engine for users who don't want to be tracked when they search
  • Twitter for searching people on Twitter
  • Wikipedia (en) for searching the English Wikipedia free online encyclopedia
Customize your search settings: If these settings aren't right for you, changing them is easy. To learn how, see Change your default search settings in Firefox and Add or remove a search engine in Firefox.
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I removed fx3 tags, added fx4 screenshots for Windows, engine as keyword, refreshed default search engines for fx4, hid for fx4 the glowing part of site search engines (is it a bug?). It needs review.

It has been in pending review since June 15.

  • In the "Included search engines" section, the spacing between bullets is inconsistent. That's because of the 'for' tags. To make it look nice, we need to create a separate list for each version.
  • Specifying that the wikipedia search is English is not needed because this is an English article. If it's English on localized versions of Firefox, that's something for localized versions of the article to specify. We can add a note in the markup, if localizers are missing that.

Other than that, looks good.

Chris_Ilias said

To make it look nice, we need to create a separate list for each version.

I disagree. Don't duplicate what it isn't required unless to make it clearer for localizers. It's nice enough like that.

Specifying that the wikipedia search is English is not needed because this is an English article

That's the way it is written probably to not be confused with the international wikipedia.org website.

(In case it helps) How to use For

It does Alice, thanks. According to How to use For, it is better to have duplicate content than have messy markup.

So I split the search engine list, and approved it.

samallie

Have uninstalled "Astromenda" from my computer but it is still there when I pull up Mozilla,

Screenshots in the related bug:

  • Bug 1088660 - Improve the search bar UI to support one-off searches

One big change I noticed in Firefox 34 Beta 11 is that you can't tell what default search engine you are using unless you hover over or start typing in the search bar (Bug 110292 - Difficulty in noticing what the default search engine is) . That bug and others are mentioned in the bug's "depends on" list and in comment 68. Hopefully many of these bugs will be fixed before Firefox 34 is released.

Related discussion:

I see that Joni just made a new revision to update this article for Fx 34, including screenshots and a new changesearchsettings template, /kb/templatechangesearchsettings

There's also a new Search panel in the Firefox 34 Options window, which is shown in the screenshots that Joni added to the article. I was wondering about the Help link in the new Search panel, if it will go to a new SuMo KB article? Never mind. See Joni's comments in bug 1102398 (the Help link will eventually go to this article). Related discussion:

When you follow the instructions in the Remove search engines section for Firefox 34 it doesn't actually remove the engine. It just won't be displayed as an alternate "one click" search option in drop-down that appears when you start typing in the Search bar. Related bug:

I made an edit for fx 34 to change "Follow these steps to remove the search engines you don't need." to Follow these steps to remove alternate search engines that you don't want to display in the Search bar

I made a new revision to change the above to Follow these steps to remove alternate search engines you don't want to use in the Search bar.

Would it be possible to inform localizers about this late and obvious en-US only change for now? Better yet, it would be nice to see this info included in the article itself by a comment and maybe even adapt/prepare the article for non-en-US locales as well to prevent localizers from finding out about it themselves and working around it (or not?!), saving them some valuable time and keeping the article up-to-date for localized versions.

This includes the changesettings template, Forum response and any other affected articles, of course.

Tonnes said

Would it be possible to inform localizers about this late and obvious en-US only change for now? Better yet, it would be nice to see this info included in the article itself by a comment and maybe even adapt/prepare the article for non-en-US locales as well to prevent localizers from finding out about it themselves and working around it (or not?!), saving them some valuable time and keeping the article up-to-date for localized versions. This includes the changesettings template, Forum response and any other affected articles, of course.

I just updated Forum Response - Changing the default search engine yesterday for Firefox 34. I didn't realize that the new search UI to change the default search engine didn't apply to other locales.

P.S. I made a new revision to Forum Response - Changing the default search engine to add this note under the "Starting in Firefox 34" section: Note: The following may not apply to localized versions of Firefox.

I also added that note to the pending Forum Response - New Search change that Rachel drafted, which hasn't been approved yet.

I copied the above to this thread in the SuMo Community discussion forum, where admin involved in localization are more likely to see it:

Thanks. Would you think it’s wise to add that or some other note to this Search article as well? Assuming other locales will follow in Fx 36 based on bug 1103190 and the Change Search Settings string just landing on Aurora l10n, I’d think of a note suggesting to change some {for} markup accordingly for other than en-US locales.

Tonnes said

Thanks. Would you think it’s wise to add that or some other note to this Search article as well? Assuming other locales will follow in Fx 36 based on bug 1103190 and the Change Search Settings string just landing on Aurora l10n, I’d think of a note suggesting to change some {for} markup accordingly for other than en-US locales.

You're welcome, and thanks for finding the related bug:

  • Bug 1103190 - land Flare strings in Firefox 36 and enable it for all locales

Since Firefox 34 isn't scheduled for release until Tuesday, December 2 we should wait to see what Joni thinks since she updated this article for Firefox 34 and it's not marked ready for localization.

There was a very good video in this article until recently. I assume it was removed because the UI is no longer current?

The video http://youtu.be/3vgza48s5Xw still shows for Firefox 33. It was removed for Firefox 34.

Tonnes said

Would you think it’s wise to add that or some other note to this Search article as well?

I added this article to the /contributors/need-changes list with the comment,

add note for localizers for Fx34 changes when this is RFL - see post by Tonnes in discussion, https://support.mozilla.org/kb/search-bar-add-change-manage-search-engines-firefox/discuss/5673#post...

AliceWyman - thanks. Do we know if there are plans for an updated video? I think it's a great video to have especially with the default search changes happening.

I don't know if there are plans for an updated video. You could PM Joni, if she doesn't reply here, or ask Michael Verdi, who did the video that's now outdated.

Hi, Kensie and Alice.

I've been out for the Portland Work Week, so I won't be able to update the video until I return (although we should have a new video to demo this feature). If anyone wants to make a video in the meantime, please feel free. Otherwise, I'll make one in a week.

Joni

Joni said

If anyone wants to make a video in the meantime, please feel free. Otherwise, I'll make one in a week.

Joni, this article uses the following code for the video:


{for not fx34} <!-- TO LOCALIZE THE CAPTIONS FOR THIS VIDEO, SEE https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/localize-a-support-video#w_localize-video-caption-files --> {for fx29} [[Video:http://youtu.be/3vgza48s5Xw]] {/for}


Maybe the Adding screencasts article (currently archived) should be updated, so that contributors can learn how to create and add videos to to KB articles? As for me, I'll stick to adding screenshots for now but Kensie or another contributor might want to create a video.

What about an animated GIF instead of a video? Michael Verdi recently created this one but it's for Firefox 33! Adding screenshots could be expanded to include adding animated GIF images to KB articles. Related discussion:

I think we need to rephrase this to "hide search engines" or something to that effect.

The helpfulness rating for this article is low, and I think part of it comes from the fact that users can't remove search engines (feedback). Claiming that the instructions will remove search engine when they actually don't might increase their frustration.

I'll submit a revision and we can change it back when we actually have the ability to remove search engines.

I've added a note for L10N in the article: L10N, the fx34 changes apply to en-us only. Please adjust these < fx34 instructions to apply to your locales.

Are there any changes to fx34 for other locales? Should I even mark the article "RFL?"

Not entirely sure, but as far as I know, the Search engine change was included for a few other locales in 34 as mentioned in Jonathan's email on dec 03.

The alternative Search engines and separate Search panel in options/preferences will be included for non-en-US in 35 (not 36), but only for locales not using Pootle (see the mozilla.dev.l10n group), others follow in 36. I hope localizers involved know about this.

AliceWyman said

This bug is now fixed and, according to the linked bug 1106559 it looks like the change will be be approved for aurora (36).

It's possible that the fix will also be made in beta (35) but there, the pref to enable this is apparently turned off by default - see comment 37 ...[User impact if declined]: impossible to add search keywords, move or remove search engines from the in-content preferences (ie. high impact on aurora where it's pref'ed on, and low impact on beta where it's off by default).

I'll add this to the Need Changes list for fx35/36, to review.

Tonnes said

The alternative Search engines and separate Search panel in options/preferences will be included for non-en-US in 35 (not 36), but only for locales not using Pootle (see the mozilla.dev.l10n group), others follow in 36. I hope localizers involved know about this.

I added this to the Need Changes list: [Fx35] Review for localization - see post by Tonnes in https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/search-bar-add-change-manage-search-engines-firefox/discuss/567... [Fx 35/36] Review changes in bug 1106559 - Improve the search preference UI (removal of search engines).

I'll add this to the Need Changes list for fx35/36, to review.

I just checked the latest Firefox 35 Beta 8 and you can now remove search engines via the Search panel, by selecting a search engine and clicking the Remove button that becomes activated. Joni just updated the article to add a new Remove search engines section for fx35.

My swedish FF doesn't have "option/search" Option-sv-ff34 or the same search-bar Searchbar-ff34-sw So the text doesn't quite hold true.

These changes won't happen until Firefox 35 or Firefox 36 in locales other than en-US and a few others (see this discussion for details).

Try the instructions for Firefox 33:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/search-bar-add-change-manage-search-engines-firefox#firefox:win...

If you need more help, please ask a question on the support forum. See Get community support for other resources.

Received in PM:

gnospen said

Thank you for your reply to 'Search bar - add, change and manage search engines on Firefox - Pictures and text doesn't show FF 34.0 I don't have any isues, but people on supportforum get directed to this page even if they dont have a us-version. Just a text (and a link) on this page telling where the old searchbar page for v33 is, would do fine. Björn G

I added a small note (it's pending review):

{for =fx34,=fx35}Note: If you are using a localized version of Firefox, the Search bar and [[T:optionsorpreferences]] described below may not apply to you. These changes will be available in a future version of Firefox. {/for}

Copied from Bug 1119250 - Remove the old searchbar UI


Description Florian Quèze [:florian] [:flo] 2015-01-08 07:06:33 PST
Bug 1088660 introduced a new searchbar UI behind a preference because it was only shipped to en-US for Firefox 34.
In Firefox 35, we shipped the new UI localized into several locales (bug 1107278) and it's enabled and localized for everybody starting in Firefox 36 (bug 1103190).
We can now remove the old UI and the browser.search.showOneOffButtons preference.
Realistically it's probably too late already to do this for 37, so targetting 38 here.

I guess it's time to review and set some recent revision as RFL as 35 is out now, but the last RFL version still aims at 34 or lower for non en-US locales. Locales that go along with the new Search feature in 35 should likely use fx35 tags instead of 34, and probably include some =fx34's where en-US stops at 33. Not entirely sure, but it looks like the last image in line 28 does not apply to localized versions.

I also made a new revision that includes 2 rewordings, as they aren't entirely right for 35. For the best, one of these strings also needs an ellipsis (Add more search engines…) that I forgot to add.

Tonnes said

I guess it's time to review and set some recent revision as RFL as 35 is out now <snip> I also made a new revision <Snip>

I approved your new revision, which included the small note I added for =fx34,=fx35 for users of localized versions, and marked it ready for localization.

P.S. The 2015-01-12 meeting notes show, under "Admin availability this week", Joni offline January 9-16. Joni can review this when she gets back (I left "[Fx35-36] Review for localization" in the Need changes list, with a link back to this thread).

This article was updated for Firefox 36 a couple of days ago, with new screenshots for in-content preferences. Looks like this change won't be occurring in Firefox 36 after all but will occur in Firefox 38. See:

/forums/knowledge-base-articles/711045?#post-63923 [Attn: Admin] About:preferences page - Fx 36

Marko said

I updated to Firefox 36 Beta 5 and now I have the old Options/Preferences window again! Do you have it, too? It seems we don't have to update the articles.

philipp said

i think firefox 38 might be targeted as release for the new preferences ui: https://msujaws.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/status-update-in-content-preferences-part-4/

There's a revision pending to restore the old search preferences screenshots for fx36.

AliceWyman said

There's a revision pending to restore the old search preferences screenshots for fx36.
I approved it.

Minor nit, but when this gets reversed because in-content is introduced on Release it may be an improvement to show a highlighted search engine in the removal screenshot.

It is included in the instructions to select a search engine for removal, but that is not what is shown, and so the remove button will remain greyed out.

Example (not up to kb standard) width 400 with an additional search engine selected for removal.

Current (but remmed out) image 400

John99 said

Minor nit, but when this gets reversed because in-content is introduced on Release it may be an improvement to show a highlighted search engine in the removal screenshot.

Yes, I agree. I'll add a "Needs changes" comment to revisit this when/if in-content returns.

I made a minor edit to add Firefox to the search summary. The old summary was:

Access your favorite search engines, including Yahoo, Google and DuckDuckGo, directly on the Search bar.  Add, remove and change search engines within seconds.

I changed it to:

Firefox has a built-in Search bar where you can access your favorite search engines like Yahoo, Bing and Google.  Easily add, remove, and change search engines. 

Also, the current title of this article is: Search bar - add, change and manage search engines on Firefox

It appears in Google Bing and Yahoo search results as Search bar - add, change and manage search engines on ...

I think this article should be renamed so that "Firefox" appears in search engine results. My suggestion is to change the title to something like: Use the Search Bar in Firefox and manage search settings Use the Search Bar in Firefox and manage search engines

Something else to consider: When you go to the Search panel in Firefox Options, the Help link now takes you to this article. This was fixed in bug 1102398. Related discussion: /forums/knowledge-base-articles/710900 New Search panel in Firefox 34 Options - Help link goes to 404

In other words, this article now describes the options available in the Firefox Search panel, not just the Search Bar itself.

AliceWyman said

I think this article should be renamed so that "Firefox" appears in search engine results. My suggestion is to change the title to something like: Use the Search Bar in Firefox and manage search settings Use the Search Bar in Firefox and manage search engines In other words, this article now describes the options available in the Firefox Search panel, not just the Search Bar itself.

Sounds correct to me, can you make the edit ?

ideato said

Sounds correct to me, can you make the edit ?

Thanks. I'll wait another couple of days and, if there are no other replies, I'll rename this article to Use the Search Bar in Firefox and manage search engines

AliceWyman said

ideato said
Sounds correct to me, can you make the edit ?

Thanks. I'll wait another couple of days and, if there are no other replies, I'll rename this article to Use the Search Bar in Firefox and manage search engines

Done.

I made another edit to change the title to Use the Search bar in Firefox and manage search engines

(Search Bar to Search bar. No change in the slug).

AliceWyman said

I made another edit to change the title to Use the Search bar in Firefox and manage search engines (Search Bar to Search bar. No change in the slug).

+1

We have removed the <34 instructions to add, remove and change the default search engine. But the new articles (Change your default search settings in Firefox and Add or remove a search engine in Firefox) only contain fx34+ content.

For the record, this article has been renamed again, from "Use the Search bar in Firefox and manage search engines" to Use the Search bar in Firefox. It's also been shortened, with new articles created (Change your default search settings in Firefox and Add or remove a search engine in Firefox) for the removed content (see /kb/use-search-bar-firefox/history). Background here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-or-remove-search-engine-firefox/discuss/6177

This article is still an in-product link from the Search panel "Help" link in Firefox options/preferences.

Is any <34 content missing from this article?

If you're asking about the two new articles then I think that you should start a new thread in those kbforums.