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Hacking Flock to use Google on ‘right click’

As many interested in kicking the tires on the new Flock browser have also noticed, all default searches point to Yahoo. Flock appears to Yahoo what Firefox is to Google. I’ve never tried to switch search engines in Firefox, so I don’t know if Flock is any more or less hostile about this, but I’d be curious to know.
Which brings me to my new problem: I’ve never been a big fan of Yahoo’s services or willingness to sell out my privacy, and Yahoo search is the one that is integrated into the right-click feature of Flock despite choosing Google as your default search engine.
Hence if you really want to use Google when you right-click on a word and select “search for “, then you also need to “hack” Flock’s about:config settings. Here’s how:

  1. type ‘about:config’ into the address bar
  2. type ‘search’ in the filter
  3. double click ‘browser.search.defaulturl
  4. replace string with ‘http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=’
  5. done

Now back to the program of exploring the other features.