Wednesday, 28 September 2011

How to make Firefox search Google UK

One thing that's often annoyed me is that when you use the Firefox address bar (or "awesome bar") to type a search query (as opposed to a URL), it takes you to Google.com, rather than your default search engine (which I have set at Google UK).

I found out today (after not much digging - it obviously hadn't annoyed me that much!) that you can change it in about:config (type about:config into the address bar, and accept the warning).  Just change the key "browser.search.defaultenginename" to "Google UK" - or whatever you please.  I found what to change it to by copying the value of the "browser.search.selectedEngine" key.

Now I don't have to replace ".com" with ".co.uk" every time I do a search in this way, and it automatically returns me pages from the UK.