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How to Change Search Engine in Firefox Computer

Learn how to change the default search engine and it's search results in Firefox computer browser. You can choose from the available search engine options.

Not all Firefox users use the same Search Engines. The priority might vary as per the features, which is why Firefox allows you to change the Search engine in Firefox Browser. Under the Firefox Settings, switch to the Search section, and select the Search Engine from the drop-down menu below the default search engine option.

Change Default Search Engine on Firefox browser

Firefox is the second most popular open-source browser among millions of internet users. When you have installed a new Firefox browser on your computer, you might first notice the search engine.

If you are bored or have privacy concerns with the default search engine, i.e.,, and want to replace it with another search engine, consider yourself lucky.

In this post, we will inform you of the steps involved in changing the search engine in the Firefox computer. You can choose from the list of available search engines and also add your custom search engine.

Most versions of the Firefox browsers come equipped with the Yahoo search engine. You might not be able to get the relevant results with the help of the Yahoo search engine.

By changing the search engine to Google, you can get more accurate search results. I prefer using Google as my default search engine. It’s more convenient and easier to use as compared to that Yahoo. To do so, changing the search engine to Firefox is helpful.

Change Search Engine

If you’re a non-techie, you might assume you must have some technical knowledge to change the search engine in Firefox. However, it is pretty simple to change the search engines in Firefox. Here are the steps to change the default search engine:

  1. Launch the Firefox browser on your computer.
  2. Click on More horizontal 3bar icon for the menu list.
  3. Choose the Settings tab.
    Firefox Options menu
  4. Select the Search tab appearing on the left side.
    Search Tab option in Firefox Computer browser
  5. Head to the Default Search Engine section.
    Default Search Engine List in Firefox Computer
  6. Choose the desired search engine you want to replace with the default one.

Now when you type something in the search bar of the Firefox browser, it will take the help of your new search engine to display the search results.

Bottom Line

All the changes made in the Firefox search engine will take effect immediately. To test the changes, keypress Ctrl + T to instruct your browser to open a new window. Type a search query and hit enter to get the search results from your chosen search engine.

You can customize the search suggestion options under the Default Search Engine section. You can also modify the search bar on Firefox’s computer. Since I know how to change the default search engine in Firefox, I can change the search engine to any of my choices. I have set it to Google since it’s my favorite search engine.

There are also options to enable the search engine shortcuts you can invoke using the following command.

Search Shortcuts in Firefox computer browser

These were some of the common steps you need to follow to change the search engine in Firefox. If you face any trouble while following the steps, let us know.

Which search engine have you set as a default search engine in Firefox? Are you a Microsoft person or Google Fanatic?

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Suresh Choudhary

Suresh has done a Master of Computer Application in Computer Science and has extensive knowledge of computer technology and application. He has 5+ years of experience in technical content writing and writing how-to tutorials. He uses Samsung Internet as the primary browser on his phone. Connect with Suresh on LinkedIn.

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