By default, Firefox’s awesome bar will search Google when you type in a word in the awesome bar and hit enter.
But what happens if you like using Bing, Yahoo, or any other search engine? Here is a quick and simple way to change that.
Getting Search Query
To have the ability to use any search engine inside Firefox’s awesome bar we will first need to get the search queries used when you search. Lets head over to Bing for example. In the search box search for something anything will work.
Then look at the URL. As you can tell your keyword you searched for is in the URL. Copy everything before the keyword and you have your search query.
You can do this little trick to all of the search engines.
Changing Search in Firefox
In the awesome bar type in about:config. This will open the configuration for Firefox. If you get a warning go ahead and click ok to continue. In the filter type in keyword. This will filter out the search query used by the awesome bar.
Right click the keyword.URL and click Modify
In the window enter the search query URL we got from above.
Then give it a try.
Modifying this feature of the awesome bar makes Firefox a lot more personal. Here are some of the other search engines search queries you can use:
- Use Google’s Secured Search in Firefox
- Change Search Engine in Google Chrome
- Safari Omnibar for Mac OS X Lion
- Quickly Search Google Maps with Mini Google Maps
- Enable Instant Search in Google Chrome Awesome Bar