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I hate hate hate the new box that pops up under the search toolbar in the latest version (have suggestions turned off). Is there any way to get rid of it?

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After updating firefox there is now a second search bar that pops up below the regular search toolbar every time I start typing in it. It tells me that I am searching with google (thanks, I wondered!) and duplicates the search input field exactly as it is shown in the toolbar, and gives me the opportunity to change my search settings (which I do not want to do unless there is a setting that will make this box go away). WTF is the point? I hate it and it's stupid constant popping up and down. I have suggestions turned off and it still pops up. I have only had the new version installed for ~10 minutes and it is already making me want to never use the search toolbar again.

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If you want to restore the previously used standalone window to manage search engines then you can toggle this pref to false with a middle-click on the about:config page.

  • about:config page: browser.search.showOneOffButtons = false

You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click "I'll be careful" to continue.

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If you want to restore the previously used standalone window to manage search engines then you can toggle this pref to false with a middle-click on the about:config page.

  • about:config page: browser.search.showOneOffButtons = false

You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click "I'll be careful" to continue.

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Whoever thought this new search box GUI was a good idea was mistaken IMHO.

I've used the method shown above to return it to the old constant icon/text display with instantly available drop down of my alternative chosen search engines. All back to how it was in the previous version. Yay!

Displaying the chosen default search engine icon/text in the search box just seems a better and more sensible GUI feature to me than needing to hover over the box to show the same information (minus icon) . As for having to start entering search terms before the other search engine options become available - that is just plain ill conceived design.

The old design is more user friendly and should be the default setting but if some users want the new GUI for the search box why not include that under Tools > Options?