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Add or remove a search engine in Firefox

Firefox comes with a number of available search engines by default. You can add or remove the search engines that Firefox uses in just a few clicks.

Add a search engine

Many websites offer search engines that you can add to your Firefox Search bar. This allows you to search that specific website directly from your Search bar.

  1. To add the site-specific engine, visit the website that has your desired search engine. (We'll use youtube.com as an example.)
  2. Open the search engine list and select Add "YouTube Video Search". Firefox will add it to your list and make it the active search engine.
  1. To add the site-specific engine, visit the website for your desired search engine. (We'll use youtube.com as an example.)
  2. Click the magnifying glass on the Search bar on your toolbar addsearch 40 , then click Add "YouTube Video Search".
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  3. The search engine will appear in your built-in search options.
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Search engine add-ons

Many providers also offer add-ons that let you add even more search engines:

  1. Click on the search engine icon and select Manage Search Engines....
  2. Click Add more search engines.
  3. Hover over the add-ons you want to add and click Add to Firefox.
  1. Click on the magnifying glass in the Search bar on your toolbar, then click Change Search Settings.
  2. Click Add more search engines.
  3. Hover over the add-ons you want to add and click Add to Firefox.

Hide search engines

Follow these steps to remove alternate search engines you don't want to use in the Search bar.

  1. Click on the magnifying glass in the Search bar on your toolbar, then click Change Search Settings.
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  2. Remove the check mark next to each search engine you don't want.
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Remove search engines

You can remove search engines you don't need by performing the following steps on the Search bar on the toolbar or on the New Tab page.

  1. Click the search engine icon and select Manage Search Engines... to open the search engines manager.
  2. To remove a search engine, select it from the list, and click Remove.

If you accidentally delete a default search engine, click Restore Defaults to recover the default search engines.

  • If you accidentally delete a search engine that you installed, you must re-install it.

Remove search engines

To remove a search engine, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the magnifying glass in the Search bar on your toolbar, then click Change Search Settings.
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  2. Click on the search engine you don't want.
  3. Click the Remove button to take it off your list.
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If you remove a search engine that you added yourself and you change your mind, you'll have to add it back again (see above). If you remove any of the search engines that come with Firefox by default, click Restore Default Search Engines to bring them back.

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We need to improve search rankings for search customization. The marketing team also wants to promote search customization in a newsletter and it's very disorienting to users to be dropped off in the middle of an article.

We're taking the appropriate sections from Use the Search bar in Firefox to create a new article about customization. We'll need to crosslink the articles to each other.

Are you going to leave this article without <34 content or are you planning to add it?

I added "[Attn: Admin - Joni]" to the thread title but maybe you should be more specific about what content is missing that was previously in the original Use the Search bar in Firefox article that this article was copied from.

I made a new revision to add content from https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/use-search-bar-firefox/revision/96024

Please review carefully and edit it if needed, I'm not sure about some changes I've made.

Marko said

I made a new revision to add content from https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/use-search-bar-firefox/revision/96024 Please review carefully and edit it if needed, I'm not sure about some changes I've made.

You can't remove a search engine in Firefox 34 (you can only hide it). This ability was added back in Firefox 35. See bug 1102513 and this discussion: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/use-search-bar-firefox/discuss/5679 [Fx 35/36] Review changes in bug 1106559 - Improve the search preference UI (was: [Fx34] Remove search engines)

I made a new edit that's pending review.

Thank you!

You're welcome, Marko.

Should I approve it or should we wait for Joni?

AliceWyman said

Should I approve it or should we wait for Joni?

Before I approve it, I have a question about the opening sentence for this article: Quick search is easily customizable, so you can add and remove your search engines in just a few clicks.

What does "Quick search" mean in that sentence? Joni wrote that when she first created this article.

The Use the Search bar in Firefox article also starts off {for fx34} Access all your favorite search engines conveniently through Firefox's quick search bar. (The opening paragraph {for not fx34} just says "Firefox's built-in Search bar.") Joni included the phrase "quick search bar" in her Aug 4 2015 revision to that article.

Should we replace "Quick search" with "The Firefox Search bar" in this article? What about the "quick search bar" phrase used in the other article?

Note: Using "Quick search" or "quick search bar" can be confusing to users. One site I found describes a Firefox Quick Search as an address bar Keyword search that you set up for a particular website search. That's covered in How to search IMDB, Wikipedia and more from the address bar. A "Quick search" could also mean any address bar search, which uses the default search engine. That's covered in the Search the web from the address bar article. The How to search the contents of the current page for text or links is about the "Quick Find" feature.

I made another revision to replace the opening sentence in this article, Quick search is easily customizable, so you can add and remove your search engines in just a few clicks. with the following:


Firefox comes with a number of available search engines by default. You can add or remove the search engines that Firefox uses in just a few clicks.


P.S. I also have a revision pending to the Use the Search bar in Firefox article, to change "quick search bar" to "Search bar".

AliceWyman said

I made another revision to replace the opening sentence in this article, Quick search is easily customizable, so you can add and remove your search engines in just a few clicks. with the following:

Firefox comes with a number of available search engines by default. You can add or remove the search engines that Firefox uses in just a few clicks.


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I approved my pending revision and marked it ready to localize.

Hello, in "On-click search engines" the "keyword" area no mention in related KB articles.

related question in SUMO /1106718

a big thanks to the-edmeister and cor-el


fx search keyword

thanks