One of the things I love about Mozilla Firefox is the ability to perform Google keyword searches from the address bar.Â Â Â But the intensely annoying part is that Google performs by default a “Are You Feeling Lucky?” (AYFL) search which is bad if you prefer to see a full page of search results instead.Â Â Â In a AYFL search, the page you’re looking for may not always be the one you need.
The good news is that the January 2008 edition of PC World magazine has outlined a way to change this in Firefox and I for one am applauding.Â Â There aren’t many things that annoy me about Firefox but this was one of them.
Here’s how to disable the AYFL function and get Firefox to do a full Google search from the address bar :
- Open a new tab in Firefox and type about:config . Â Â This opens up the Firefox settings.
- Type in keyword and double-click on keyword.URL
- In the box that pops up, remove the Google search string (you may want to copy it into a notepad file as a backup just in case you ever decide to return to AYFL searches in the future) and in its place enter the following search string :Â http://www.google.com/search?btnG=Google+Search&q=Â
- Save and close. Â Â Close the about:config tab page.Â Â Â You may also have to re-start Firefox.
When you now perform a Google search from the Firefox address bar, you will be given a full set of search results and NOT a AYFL search.