Archive for September, 2009
When you type keywords into your Firefox address bar and hit enter it usually goes off and searches a particular search engine for you. e.g. Google (as the default) but sometimes other applications you install override this behaviour and replace a Google search with their own search.
In my case I accidently chose to install the Ask toolbar along with another piece of software I actually wanted on my machine. Ok I thought, that was a mistake so Iâ€™ll just go and uninstall the Ask toolbar and everything will be fine, right? Wrong! Removing the Ask toolbar alone will not reset the default options in Firefox that were overwritten when the toolbar initially installed.
Thankfully though this is something thatâ€™s pretty easy to fix, even if it might look complicated. Hereâ€™s how you do it:
- Type about:config into the firefox address bar (the place where youâ€™d normally type a web address) to open up the firefox config options
- In the filter box enter: keyword.URL
- Double click the value column to change the the default url used for keyword searches
- Enter the search url you actually want to use e.g: http://www.google.com/cse?cx=partner-pub-6458081723116676:1i1tbs-63yw&ie=ISO-8859-1&sa=Search&q=
Itâ€™s that easy!
Also youâ€™ll probably find other search options have been overwritten. The others I found that needed changing back were anything in the browser.search group. i.e. if you filter the config options by browser.search as above, youâ€™ll see various options that have the value Ask (in my case) All of these need to be changed back to say Google or Google.co.uk or whatever is appropriate.