I personally like my firefox to not be so google heavy. Mistyping something in the address bar and having it send me to the first google “I’m Feeling Lucky” link is somewhat annoying. Here is how to switch firefox use another search or none at all if you want. I’m going to switch it to use yahoo but you can choose whatever you want. First let’s break into the secret firefox configuration. In the address bar type about:config as shown below:
Now we can change all kinds of neat things in firefox. In the filter area choose ‘search’ this will give us most of the search things we need to change. The things I change are
Next let’s switch up the keyword url. This is the annoying one that triggers when you type anything into the address bar that isn’t a valid url. In the about:config page change the filter from ‘search’ to ‘keyword’ Then you can either disable the keyword searching or change the url to be something else. I use changed it to use yahoo with “http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=sfp&p=”
After making your changes restart firefox. It’s now Yahooized! or whatever you chose. Enjoy!
[update 6/11/2005: Try Yahoo Mindset instead of the normal yahoo search url: http://mindset.research.yahoo.com/search.php?p= ]