How to make Firefox use DuckDuckGo

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Want to change the search engine Firefox uses when you type something in the location bar?

Here’s how to make Firefox use DuckDuckGo:

  1. In the Firefox location bar, type about:config and press Enter.
  2. Click I’ll be careful, I Promise!
  3. Search for the preference: keyword.URL

  4. Double-click on it, and set the value to: http://duckduckgo.com/?q=

  5. Click OK.

For more information, read the Location bar search article in Firefox Help.

8 Replies to “How to make Firefox use DuckDuckGo”

  1. Apparently this just replace Google by the new URL as default search engine.
    Is there a trick to just add an URL and the name in the list of engines other than the “Add to Search Bar” extension ?

  2. @Fred R it’s spelled: ‘useful’, even though you’re getting a full-use from it. 😉

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