How to Change the Default Search Engine in Firefox

Most modern browsers, such as Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer, provide methods for you to search the Internet without actually going to search engine’s home page. Each of these browsers will use the default search engine setting that they have, however, to determine which search engine is used for your query.

A recent Firefox update changed the settings in that browser so that the default engine used is Yahoo. However, this is something that you can change. So if you decide that you do not like using Yahoo when you type a query into the address bar or search bar in Firefox, you can select a different option instead, such as Google or Bing.


How to Switch Search Engines in Firefox

This guide was written using the most recent version of Firefox (36.0.1) available at the time this article was written.

The steps in this article will show you how to switch the search engine that is used when you type a search query into the address bar or search bar at the top of the window. You can still navigate directly to any search engine by typing that engine’s Web page address (URL) into the address bar instead.


Step 1: Open Firefox.


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

click the open menu button



Step 3: Click the Options button.

click the Options button



Step 4: Click the Search tab at the top of the window.

click the Search tab



Step 4: Click the drop-down menu under Default search engine, then select the search engine that you want to use.

click the default search engine drop-down menu



Step 5: Confirm that the correct search engine is selected, then click the OK button at the bottom of the window.

confirm the search engine, then click OK



The change will take effect immediately, so future search queries will be made using the search engine that you selected in Step 4.

Does your typing seem delayed when you are using Firefox, or is your mouse movement a little jumpy? Try turning of hardware acceleration in Firefox to see if it solves the problem. newsletter

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