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Change default search engine in Firefox address bar

Firefox search engines and change default There are two ways to search the web in Mozilla Firefox: either using the search field in the navigation bar, as shown on the screenshot, or from the address bar itself. Changing the default search engine from the search field only takes a couple of clicks: you switch search provider in the dropdown menu. But what about the search engine provider inside the address bar (or location bar, or URL field)? This tutorial shows you how to change it, especially useful when another provider has replaced your default search, or a toolbar you installed changed it behind the scenes.

Change the search provider in Firefox's address bar (location bar)

Follow these steps to switch search provider in the location bar:

Change your address bar search in Firefox to other search providers

You can use any search engine you want for the Firefox address bar; we give you below the URL to use for Microsoft Bing and Yahoo Search, and explain how to get your own, custom search engine setup for the location bar (or even search field).

To change Firefox's default search for the address bar to Bing, use:

And to change the default search to Yahoo Search, use:

Tip: to use yet another search type, just go to the site in question and search for a unique, made up term (easy to isolate). Copy the new URL, place the letter / word and equal sign at the end of the search result URL, and use that in the Firefox about:config keyword.URL setting.

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