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How to search for functions with a dot (eg. tf.nn.relu()) from the adress bar without getting 'site could not be loaded'?

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I just switched to Firefox from Chrome and so far Im loving it, except for one tiny bit, which unfortunatly drives me crazy:

When I use the search from the adress bar to look up functions with dots '.' in them, Firefox always assumes these are websites, add 'www.' and takes me to ' Site could not be loaded' instead of using google to search.

Is there any way to change this behaviour in the adress bar?

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Can you show us some of the things you want to look up?

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Sure, heres the example I mentioned:

tf.nn.relu() or tf.contrib

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Firefox can’t find the server at tf.nn.relu().

It's the dots that confuse the browser into thinking this a web address. I called for more help.

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Try adding a one letter Keyword in Options > Search --> under One-Click Search Engines


  1. Under One-Click Search Engines highlight Yahoo, then under the Keyword field double-click to get the "text area" to appear.
  2. Type in the letter y and then hit Enter to add that as the Keyword for that Search Engine.
  3. Then to do a search at Yahoo using those parameters, type y then a space and then the tf.nn.relu() search parameters.

y tf.nn.relu() typed in the Location Bar gives me this Yahoo search

Your keyword then the space "tells" Firefox that you want to do a search using the parameters following that space" character.

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Here's a lazier workaround:

Preface your query with an apostrophe (single tick mark). While this is not the most aesthetic solution, I think it is one of the fastest to type:

'tf.nn.relu() =>

You also can use a left bracket -- [ -- in the first position if you prefer.