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getting rid of default search engines

  • I already asked this in the Opera for Windows forum but was redirected to this subforum instead, since I am using the Opera Developer version.

    Normally you could get rid of default search engines by deleting or emptying the default_partners.json file in the opera folder and all of them except google would not show up anymore.
    However with the most recent update this approach does not work anymore. Is there another way to remove the default searches (or at least change their shortcut?). They are colliding with my other, custom searches.

    Help very highly apprechiated. Maybe the Opera team can add an option to at least change the shortcut letters for the default searches. Thanks.

  • Is there another way to remove the default searches

    I don't think so. Probably there should never have been possible to remove the default search engines and now they fixed it.

  • I also would like to know how we can delete the default search engines.
    If you don't use Yahoo, Bing, DuckDuckGo etc. it is very annoying, because I am using the letter "y" for Youtube, "d" for a German dictionary and z for another dictionary.

    Please fix this - so we can get rid of the default search engines!
    A good and user friendly browser should be the most customizable!

  • I can't understand why we can't change the keyword for default search engines. 😞

  • Can't change the default URL! im in Australia and is keeps using as my search engine..>!!! I though't i'd finally found a great browser...then this happened. very annoying..anyone know how to change this, ive searched and changed everything i know to australia. Help

  • Can't change the default URL! im in Australia and is keeps using as my search engine..

    Open Local State on a text editor and look for


    then change the country code to the one you want.

    It used to work.

  • I have the same problem, and it's very frustrating. Beyond frustrating. I used to rename the default_partners.json file, but as noted by the OP, this no longer works. There is no coding reason behind this. Opera is in business with these companies, and they're willing to force a decision down our throats. We can deal with it, or ditch Opera.

    I'm in the exact same boat as most of you. I've had 'y' as my shortcut for YouTube for ages, as well as other shortcuts that are no longer available to me. I've never used Yahoo for anything other than fantasy sports. Seriously. In all the years it's been in existence. Does someone think that locking it in as a default is suddenly going to make me use it?

    I started using Opera during my Freshman year of college, sometime in the fall of 1998. I'm coming up on 17 years, and I honestly don't know why anymore. It used to be for very specific reasons. It was fast. Innovative. Had great features. It even used to be my default mail client (remember that?). Now? I'd guess blind loyalty mixed with the human aversion to change. I use in on multiple OSs and my smartphone. Then the bookmarks fiasco, this default search engine BS. Why is a company with -- let's face it -- a small market share craping on people still willing to stick with it? I'm sure there are business reasons that someone is using as justification. And we can use different shortcuts. So if Opera needs DuckDuckGo (whatever the f that is) to stay afloat, I guess we suck it up. And that sucks. Because Opera had a lot to offer. But so does Firefox. Other browsers caught up.

    I mean, look at it: When you only have 1-5% of users, you probably do whatever you have to. Even if you annoy that tiny, tiny portion willing to stick with you. Sucks for us.