change firefox smart bar to default to google.co.uk not .com

I love new smart bar search in firefox 3 but bugged by the fact it defaults to searching google.com, so here’s what I did to make it use google.co.uk

  1. In firefox3 URL/Smart bar type: “about:config” [this brings up the adv config of firefox, don’t cha know, click ok to void warrenty 😉 ]
  2. Use the filter to find the property called “keyword.URL”, and change the google domain suffix from .com to co.uk, hey presto!

    keyword.URL=http://www.google.co.uk/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=

all done!

  • Dan Walker

    This didn’t work for me, seems to have 0 impact whatever I do.. I’ve changed the google search plugin xml file to .co.uk, everything I could find relating to search in the about:config to .co.uk and none have had an impact.

    Any ideas?

  • Me

    Didn’t work for me either. Installing FF4 GB fixed it. But then I made the mistake of once clicking to view google.com and now it’s all going to .com. Maybe it’s a cookie setting?

  • Me

    Ahh, I found the fix, it’s because of a cookie set by Google.
    http://westhouseit.co.uk/topics/how-to-fix-firefox-search-to-use-the-local-google-search.php