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Firefox 23+ Search in URL Bar

October 31st, 2013 1 comment

If you are a Firefox User you might have noticed, that something changed with the 23.0 Update. In former times, when you typed something in the URL bar (except an actually well formed URL) Firefox used Google search, independent of which search engine was selected at the top right search box. This changed with the 23.0 Version. Now the selected search engine from the search bar also is used for URL bar search. In my opinion this sucks.

But there is help, and it comes in the form of a little add-on called “keyword.URL Hack!”. You can install it from here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/keywordurl-hack/?src=api. After installation you have to change a setting in the about:config. To do this the following steps are necessary:

  1. Type “about:config” in your URL bar
  2. Accept the warning message
  3. Search for “keyword.URL”, if nothing shows up create an entry
  4. Right click in the empty space
  5. Select New -> String
  6. As an identifier type in “keyword.URL”
  7. In the next window type in “http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=”
  8. Restart Firefox … thats all, now you can use Google as the default URL bar search engine

Why did Mozilla remove it? Well more or less because of security concerns. You can read the bugzilla entry here: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=738818

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