How to Make Google the Default Search Engine in Firefox

A long time ago you used to have to browse directly to a search engine in order to run a search for something. Modern browsers, however, allow you to search the Web from any page by simply typing your search term into the address bar at the top of the window. The search engine that is used for those types of searches is the default search engine and, if you have never changed that setting in Firefox, then it is very likely that Yahoo is currently your default search engine.

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to search engines, and you might prefer to use Google instead of Yahoo. Fortunately this is something you can do in Firefox. So continue reading below to see how you can set Google as the default search engine in Firefox.

 

How to Use Google When Searching in Firefox

The steps in this article were performed in Windows 7, with the most current version of Firefox available at the time this article was written. This change will apply both to searches performed in the address bar, as well as searches performed in the Search field.

 

Step 1: Open Firefox.

 

Step 2: Click the magnifying glass in the search bar at the top of the window.

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Step 3: Click the Change Search Settings option.

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Step 4: Click the drop-down menu under Default Search Engine, then click Google from the list of choices.

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You can then close the Options tab in Firefox. You don’t need to save this setting, as it will be applied automatically.

This will not affect the default search engine used in other browsers on your computer, such as Chrome, Edge, or Internet Explorer. If you would like to use a search engine other than Google (or whichever option you just chose as your default) then you can still browse directly to the Web address of that search engine. For example, www.yahoo.com.

Are you using the Firefox browser on your iPhone, too? Learn how to set the default search engine in the Firefox iPhone browser if you would rather use Google there as well.

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