Search Google from the Address Bar in Firefox


Firefox LogoGoogle Chrome has a cool feature that allows users to perform Google Search directly from the address bar. Every time you want to launch a Google Search, you just need to type in a word or phrase into the address bar and hit enter. To turn your address bar into a Google search box in Firefox, here is what you need to do.

Google Search from Firefox's Address Bar

In this method, you need to tweak the Firefox about:config setting in order for you to perform a regular Google Search from the address bar in Firefox.

  1. In the Firefox’s address bar, type in about:config
  2. On the filter box, type keyword.URL
  3. Now, modify the string value and replace it with :
  4. Click OK and finish!

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  • cool trick, looking forward for more such 😉

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  • Frank

    Did not work for me. My ISP (Cablevision”s Optimum Online) tried to resolve my search term as a URL and barfrd up it;s own ‘domain not found’ page, with it’s own search results, not Google’s.

  • Will

    I think its supposed to say “about:config” not “auto:config”

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  • Nice Posting.. Your Trick is Excelent….

  • chrissy

    my isp (Optimum) also overrides google as my default choice. any suggestions?

  • Eva

    I do not wish to use the address/navigation bar as a google search bar, it makes it impossible to copy and paste links, but this has been automatically configured – how do i revert back?

  • Tina Brown

    I tried about:config. Typed in keyword.url and there was no preference that you were talking about. I am so frustrated. It’s not the 1st time I have looked for a preference and it not be there. What is the problem? HELP