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!
Steve Yu is a technology blogger with five years blogging experience (since 2007). He is the founder of


  1. Nicholas |

    February 2, 2009 at 7:34 am

    cool trick, looking forward for more such ;-)

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  3. Frank

    August 22, 2009 at 8:22 am

    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.

  4. Will

    August 26, 2009 at 10:24 pm

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

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  6. FaiK FauZi

    October 16, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Nice Posting.. Your Trick is Excelent….

  7. chrissy

    November 15, 2010 at 6:06 am

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

  8. Eva

    November 23, 2010 at 6:47 am

    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?

  9. Tina Brown

    December 30, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    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

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