On Tue, 14 Jul 2009, Philip Chee wrote:

Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 00:10:52 +0800
From: Philip Chee <philip.c...@gmail.com>
To: support-seamonkey@lists.mozilla.org
Newsgroups: mozilla.support.seamonkey
Subject: Re: Adding search engines to seamonkey

On Sun, 12 Jul 2009 17:32:16 +0800 (WST), Bret Busby wrote:

Previously, when the Mozilla suite existed, or, when it was Netscape, a
user was able to add search engines, and, change the default search

Due to misconduct by google, I want to replace google as the default
search engine, with yahoo, in seamonkey, but I cannot find how to add a
search engine that is not included by seamonkey.

Well in this respect SeaMonkey should work the same way as Mozilla
Suite. So just use the same method you used in the old suite.


From memory (it was a long time ago, now), it used to be quite simple;
it used to be able to be done, simply, using one of two methods; clicking on the Search button to the right of the URL text box, with the non-dominant mouse button, which would list the search engines available to use with that button, the list, at the bottom, including an option "Add new search engine", which would lead to a dialogue box, into which the user would enter the URL for the search engine (eg, www.yahoo.com, or, www.altavista.com), or, using the menu route; Edit -> Preferences -> Navigator -> Internet Search, which then had the option "Add new search engine", which then went through the procedure describd above, from that point, and then, after whichever procedure was used, the extra search engine(s) would be added to the options for the search engines to be used by the browser, and, thence, one of those search engines could be made the new deault search engine.

That, from memory, is how it used to be able to be done, with both ways of doing it, being available to the user, but, over the years, with changes to the software, and, the renaming (Netscape -> Mozilla -> Seamonkey/Firefox), that facility appears to have got lost in the process, and, the software less easy to use, so that, now, it appears, for a user to do what used to be simple, like adding extra search engines, and, changing the deafult search engine, the user has to do coding to achieve what the software used to do for the user.

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
  Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
  "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
  A Trilogy In Four Parts",
  written by Douglas Adams,
  published by Pan Books, 1992

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