How to Remove the Search Bar in Firefox and Use the Address Bar for Search and Navigation


The search bar at the top of the Web browser has long provided a simple and convenient way to execute an Internet search without actually going to a search engine. But many browsers have started to add that functionality to the address bar, too, essentially eliminating the need for a dedicated search bar.

Firefox is such a browser with these capabilities, although it’s possible that you still see a search bar at the top of the window. If you would prefer to remove this dedicated search bar and want to start using the address bar for everything, our tutorial below will show you where to change that setting.

 

How to Get Rid of the Search Bar in Firefox

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop/laptop version of the Firefox Web browser. This will remove the Search bar from the top of the window. You can then simply type any search term into the address bar to execute that search in the default search engine for Firefox.

Step 1: Open Firefox.

 

Step 2: Click the Open menu button (the one with the three lines) at the top-right of the window.

click the open menu button

 

 

Step 3: Select Options.

open the firefox options menu

 

 

Step 4: Choose the Search tab at the left side of the window.

select the search tab in firefox

 

 

Step 5: Click the button to the left of Use the address bar for search and navigation.

how to remove the search bar in firefox

 

 

Would you like Firefox to open with a specific page when you launch the browser? Find out how to use a specific startup page in Firefox if you would would rather open the browser with your email inbox, favorite news site, or favorite search engine.

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