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Whenever I go to Google Quick Search, the characters %s appear, and I have to delete them before I can enter my search. How can I permanently delete them?

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When I bring up the Google Quick Search box, these characters always appear: %s

How can I permanently delete them?

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Upgrade your browser to Firefox 9 and check

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In a bookmark you can use %s as a replacement for parameters with a keyword bookmark.

With a keyword bookmark you enter the keyword in the location bar and add a space and the search terms.
If you invoke such a keyword bookmark directly the the search term will be the %s

If you have this bookmark with e keyword g then you can invoke a search by typing g firefox in the location bar