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Firefox goto http://filename.fileext instead of search filename.fileext

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Firefox tries to go to http://www.test.txt instead of search test.txt when I put 'test.txt' to the location bar, opposite to its behavior couple of dozen versions ago. How can I toggle this?

Firefox tries to go to <i>http://www.test.txt</i> instead of search test.txt when I put 'test.txt' to the location bar, opposite to its behavior couple of dozen versions ago. How can I toggle this?

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cor-el
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Is searching via the location/address bar enabled?

You can check the keyword.enabled pref on the about:config page. 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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Is searching via the location/address bar enabled? You can check the keyword.enabled pref on the <b>about:config</b> page. You can open the <b>about:config</b> page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click "I'll be careful" to continue. *http://kb.mozillazine.org/about:config See also: *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/awesome-bar-search-firefox-bookmarks-history-tabs *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/search-web-address-bar

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Yes, location bar search is active.

Yes, location bar search is active.
jscher2000
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I don't remember what used to happen with "single word" searches containing a period, but I didn't spot any preference that would affect whether they are treated as potential domain names vs. being searched.

I think the most obvious workaround options are:

(1) Use a search engine keyword, for example,

g text.txt

to force a Google search (assuming you assign g as the keyword for Google on the Search Options page -- double-click the keyword column for Google to choose a keyword)

(2) Make it a two word search such as

test.txt i

since multi-word searches are always submitted to your default search engine.

Here's hoping a better answer is found.

I don't remember what used to happen with "single word" searches containing a period, but I didn't spot any preference that would affect whether they are treated as potential domain names vs. being searched. I think the most obvious workaround options are: (1) Use a search engine keyword, for example, g text.txt to force a Google search (assuming you assign g as the keyword for Google on the Search Options page -- double-click the keyword column for Google to choose a keyword) (2) Make it a two word search such as test.txt i since multi-word searches are always submitted to your default search engine. Here's hoping a better answer is found.