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Where is the "search for text when i start typing" preference?

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I have exactly the problem described in whenever I press any keys on a page, it brings up the search bar, which breaks all kind of shortcuts / keypress handler set by the page.

However, I can't seem to find the option which is meant to turn this behaviour off.

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Nevermind, turns out the option is called "search for text when you start typing" nowadays


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You can possibly look at two other prefs on the about:config page to disable FAYT for cases like ' and / to open Quick Find for links.

  • accessibility.typeaheadfind => false
  • accessibility.typeaheadfind.autostart => false
  • accessibility.typeaheadfind.manual => false

You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can click the button to "Accept the Risk and Continue".


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