How To Replace OpenDNS Search With Google In Fire­fox Address Bar

Himanshu Yadav

We are sure after reading our comprehensive guide to OpenDNS, most of you might have switched to using it as your DNS server.

It’s a great service except for one issue. By default Firefox’s address bar is connected with Google search and hence you could directly type a query and press enter to get the search results in Google. Now, OpenDNS automatically replaces this with its own search engine. I came to know only when I conducted a search in my Firefox address bar.

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Going back to Google as your default engine isn’t difficult. Here’s the step by step guide to do it in Firefox.

1. Type about:config in the Firefox address bar and press enter.

2. Click on “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.

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3. Type keyword.URL in the filter box. Right click on the result and select “Modify”.

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4. In the box, enter the following value.

http://www.google.com/search?q=

Enterstring

5. Now type your query in the address bar and boom!, you get Google search results.

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This way you can successfully replace OpenDNS search with Google. Similarly, you could enter other string value in the box to add a different search engine.

Do you know the string value for Bing or other search engines? Mention them in the comments section if you do. 🙂


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