Feeling Lucky by Default

A41202813 asked the Answer Line forum if there's any way to make Google default to its "I'm Feeling Lucky" option.

Google, itself--no. But if you browse with either Firefox or Chrome, you can make it your browser's default.

In fact, it's already Firefox's default. If you enter a text string into the address field rather than a URL, Firefox will feed that text string to Google, and the browser will take you to the same page as would the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.

Well, most of the time. Sometimes you get a page of Google search results, instead. I guess you're not always lucky.

Chrome can do the same thing with a simple setting change:

Click the wrench icon in the upper-right corner and select Options.

On the resulting dialog box's Basics tab, click the Manage button.

This brings up the Search Engines dialog box, where you need to click the Add button.

In the resulting dialog box, enter Lucky in both the Name and Keyword fields. In URL field, enter

http://www.google.com/search?btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=%s

Click OK.

Back in Search Engine's dialog box, select Lucky (it will be at the bottom) and click Make Default.

My thanks to Crazy4laptops for his contribution to the original forum discussion.

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