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How to use Firefox Address bar as a Search Bar

Many of you may or may not be aware that Firefox's location bar or address bar can be used to do a Google Search. By default, it gives you the result that the 'I'm Feeling Lucky' button of Google gives you i.e only the first page among the search result.

The behaviour of the location bar can be modified so that it performs the usual Google Search instead of the 'I'm Feeling Lucky' search.

Before we proceed, it is important to note one thing. The Firefox address bar will behave as a search bar only when you type words that are not a valid url address. When you type a normal web site address, it will behave as a normal address bar and open the site.

1. Type about:config in the location bar and press Enter.
2. Find the keyword.URL key and double click it. A small box is displayed.
3. Paste in the box and click Ok.
4. That's all! Now you can type the keywords in the Firefox location bar to perform a search.

Why just Google? You can also use other search engines.

Yahoo Search:
Microsoft Live Search:

Hang on! You may also find something useful in Firefox shortcuts to complete web addresses quickly.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, June 09, 2007


Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on November 27, 2007 at 7:33 AM  
Thanks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!! Previously, when i type a keyword in my firefox address bar, it will search in google.. I recently downloaded a stupid toolbar and now it searches in Yahoo and i am not a fan of yahoo.. After doing the simple steps you mentioned, its back to normal.. YEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!