Search suggestions in Firefox

As you type into the address bar or search bar, Firefox suggests relevant search terms or solution buttons related to the task or answer you may be looking for. When search suggestions are enabled, the text you type in the search bar is sent to your default search engine. This search engine analyzes the words and displays a list of popular results based on the search term.

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How search suggestions work

If you see a search suggestion that matches what you are looking for, click on it to see results for that search term. This can save time and help you find what you’re looking for with less typing.

Enabling search suggestions will send the keywords you type in a search field to the default search engine - unless you appear to be typing a URL or hostname.

Searches can be entered into:

The default search engine may collect that information according to the terms of their privacy policy. Users concerned about this information being collected may not wish to enable search suggestions, or may choose another default search engine that has a different privacy policy.

The suggestions in the drop-down will also display matching results for your browsing history, bookmarks, open tabs and sync'ed tabs. See Address bar autocomplete in Firefox - Search your bookmarks, history and tabs for more information.

Search suggestions are disabled by default in Private Browsing mode. You must explicitly turn them on in a Private Browsing window to enable them in that mode. In Firefox version 71 and above, you can enable search suggestions for all Private Browsing windows in your Firefox OptionsPreferences Search settings panel (see below).

Enabling or disabling search suggestions

You can enable or disable Search suggestions at any time. Click the menu button New Fx Menu Fx57Menu and select Options.Preferences. Select the Search panel and then check or uncheck the Provide search suggestions box in your Firefox search settings.

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  • To see search suggestions in the address bar, put a check mark next to Show search suggestions in address bar results.
  • To show search suggestions before your browsing history, put a check mark next to Show search suggestions ahead of browsing history in address bar results.

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  • To see search suggestions in the address bar, put a check mark next to Show search suggestions in address bar results.
  • To show search suggestions before your browsing history, put a check mark next to Show search suggestions ahead of browsing history in address bar results.
  • To show search suggestions in Private Browsing windows, put a check mark next to Show search suggestions in Private Windows.

Firefox solution button suggestions

When you type certain tasks into the address bar, such as to download or update Firefox, suggestions may include a solution button to complete that task directly from the search bar. For example, if you type "update firefox" a solution button will appear to update. UpdateActionButton

Note: Firefox solution buttons are currently only available in English.

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