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It would be nice if I would not have to set up all my search engines and their short codes with every new installation but could sync them just like my add-ons and history.

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Strollin' around

I've got a bunch of search engine shortcuts listed. Everytime I have to reinstall firefox for various reasons all the search engine shortcuts go away. I think it can be easily integrated within firefox. Just make them available the way saved bookmarks work.

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In fact, ALL user-set settings should sync with a new installation of Firefox. If I have set ANYTHING myself, whether in about::config or in the Settings menu (including settings for things like "Suggestions from sponsors" or "Suggestions from the web" or "Improve the Firefox experience" or "Studies") it should sync. Having to manually search through Settings and reset these EVERY SINGLE TIME -- especially the more self-serving Mozilla settings -- just makes me feel worse about Firefox.

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Been using FF full time since 2015 and i am still baffled that this is a feature that is still missing.

All settings that can be found under General, Home, Search and Privacy & Security should absolutely be a option that is selectable in sync settings AND enabled by default. I think this is something any new user to FF would expect to be a option. 

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This feature is sorely missed due the simple fact of how tedious is to re-enter all the gathered search engines. For each engine this involves:

  1. remembering the site
  2. navigating there
  3. adding the engine
  4. remembering the keyword
  5. assigning the keyword to the engine.

UX suffers

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Keep an option to add manual strings for configuring as well like chrome/edge.

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Add the option to sync the Search Engine Settings.

I don't understand why history, favorite (Bookmarks), Add-on, themes can be synced by not the Search Engine. I don't use Google, and I prefer Bing. Once I set it up, the Auto-sync should sync that setting.

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(Note: a similar idea has been merged into this thread)

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Additionally, search codes would be handy for the android app too. Now that only works with the PC.

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I'm getting more and more tempted by Edge because of small quality of life things like this that are missing in FF...

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Fully agree. Plus the negative is that everytime you make a new profile from scratch the older profiles stay separate in your profile folder. Many gigs of data stored unused. Result is that after a couple of new profiles your start up time is getting really slow, talking about minutes. Living in year 2023!!! Our ict management advised us not to use Firefox anymore because of this reason.

So there is work to do i guess.


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been using FF since 2003. Been doing a lot of syncing with plugins and other hacks in the past. but thinking that this is 20 years! later and still not a thing in FF makes me cry. and thinking that something like this was deprioritized by user stories like "add tab pickup to firefox" and other "cosmetic changes" makes me wonder even more. picking up tabs was perfectly possible through the "synced tabs".

fix the basics first. then fiddle around with fine tuning the UX pleeeeease.

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It's blowing my mind that this still isn't a thing. This and the RAM usage being roughly double that of Chrome are probably going to keep me on Chrome until they finally fully commit to killing off adblockers.

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This!! Last thing keeping me on chromium..