Firefox address bar can not only be used for opening websites but also for searching as well. Good news is you can configure the Firefox address bar with various search engines like Yahoo, Live Search, Ask, Wikipedia, Answers.com, Amazon, Creative Common, Yahoo Answer, E-Bay etc.
By default, whenever you type anything in Firefox address bar and hit return or press the GO button, Firefox checks whether the entered string is valid address or not. If it’s a valid address Firefox tries to load corresponding site for you (I’m Feeling Lucky) otherwise it is submitted to Google Search and search results are returned.
There are some cases when you type a keyword in the Firefox address bar and it takes you to Yahoo preferences page instead of performing a Google “I’m Feeling Lucky” Search and take you to the first page of Yahoo’s search results page. It’s probably because of the Yahoo IM.
Now probably you want to restore the Google “I’m Feeling Lucky” search; most people do including me!You can change to any search engine for keyword search. Google is everybody’s first choice search. The following steps will guide you how to configure your Firefox address bar with Search Engines of your choice:
Step-[I]: Type in the Mozilla Firefox address bar “about:config“ ;of course without the quote. Warning message saying “This might void your warranty” will show up. Click on “I’ll be careful, I promise!” Remember: This is the Firefox’s registry. So, please be careful with what you do, especially if you use lots of customization and add-ons. Better copy your Firefox data somewhere safe. In case something goes wrong, restore the original files to the folder C: /Documents and Settings/UserName/Application Data/Mozilla; – of course depending on your setup.
Step-[II]: Next type “keyword.URL” in the Filter box (right under the tab bar) which will appeare after you complete the first step successfully. Under the Preference Name section you will find the keyword.URL entry.
Step-[III]: Double-click or right click the entry and select modify. A prompt for Enter String Value (for keyword.url) will appear.
Step-[IV]: Choose your Search Engine and accordingly enter the string value of various Search Engines given below. Copy any of the below strings and paste it into the box that appear in Step-III above. List of Various Search Engines are as follows:
|Google’s I’m Feeling Lucky(Default Firefox address bar Search):
|Google Web Search:
|Microsoft’s Live Search:
|Ask Web Search:
|Wikipedia (en) Search:
|Technorati Blog Search:
Let me know if you need further help!