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Strange behavior of YouTube's search form

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Hi, everybody!

This started happening out of nowhere. When I click the search form I can type letters with no problem, but the space bar just doesn't insert the space character. Instead, it seems to be locked to the video that is playing and pauses it, even though the form is selected. Strangely, when I select the form using the tab key, I can then insert space characters with no problem.

I've already restarted Firefox in safe mode, so apparently it's not any of my add-ons that is causing the problem. Has anyone experienced this issue?

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Yes, during the past two hours reports have flooded in. We think Google did an update but we don't have a fix yet.

One potential workaround is to search YouTube from Firefox's address bar or optional short search bar. To add YouTube as a search engine, while you are on the site, click the Page Actions menu button (•••) near the right end of the address bar and click "Add Search Engine." You make make it more convenient to use by adding a shortcut (or "keyword") on the Options page. For example, in the first attached screenshot, I've assigned y. Then I can search YouTube by typing y and a space in the address bar, as shown in the second screenshot.

However users also reporting problems typing in comments, so if you are heavy commenter, you might just need to take a break from YouTube in Firefox for a few hours until we have clarity on what's going on.

Modified by jscher2000


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Thank you for flagging up this issue.

YouTube have looked into this and will be correcting the issue shortly.


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I stopped experiencing this issue already yesterday at night. Thanks for the support!


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I am glad to hear that your problem has been resolved. If you haven't already, please select the answer that solves the problem. This will help other users with similar problems find the solution.

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