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How can I turn off "Google Suggest" in Firefox. I hate it! hate it! hate it!

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  • Last reply by sharbori

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Firefox used to allow turning off "Google Suggest", but that's not possible with recent updates. I never, never, never (never!) want what "Google Suggest" insists on presenting to me. It's really inconvenient and a time waster.

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Right click the search engine (Google) icon in the search box and uncheck "Show Suggestions"

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Sorry, but that doesn't work. Specific to your reply, there is not such option accessible currently by doing a right-click on the Google icon in the search box. I believe there had been such an option two or three years ago. I've searched through all of the Firefox and Google menus, submenus, help options, some online resources, and have found nothing that addresses the most recent versions of Firefox and Google. So far, no luck.

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Do you mean the suggestions of the search bar on the Google web page (www.google.com) ?

There used to be a setting on the Google Options (Settings) page, but Google has removed that choice.

Modified by cor-el

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Do you mean when you type a search, it will give a list of things before you have finished?, a pain....I'm sure there is something to the right of the search box that has a drop down menu, you can de-select it from there

hope this helps

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Hmmm, not sure if it may be an artifact of an add-on but my suggestion works here in 3.6.15. It doesn't work if the search box is empty, there has to be at elast on character in the search box when you right click to see the menu.

Sorry it didn't help.

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Thanks for getting involved with my query, everyone. Actually "Google Suggest" is what Google specifically calls the feature that jumps in when I type, say "xxxxxx" into the search bar, and Google does its search, with a header note reading: "Showing results for [xxxooo]. Search instead for [xxxxxx]." In other words, Google can't seem to fathom that someone would actually wish to search for whatever it is that I searched for. Instead, Google (arrogantly?) substitutes its own search term. If Google were right even 10% of the time I might not be so irritated. The "feature" just gets in my way - pretty much just as bad as the "Clippy" helper in MSWord. Clippy was the last straw for me. It caused me to adopt OpenOffice and I haven't looked back from that decision.'

Modified by tomclyne

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AH ok. I thought you meant the drop down list of suggestions in the FF search box. What you describe is a function of Google that as far as I know can't be disabled. I find it annoying as well.

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Well, on the one hand, NyteOwl, it's good to know you share my iritation with the "feature", on the other hand it's sad to know that a helpful soul like you would be inconvenienced by it also. <off topic: When I see the catastrophes playing out in the world today I feel embarrassed to complain about something so trivial. Thanks for your support.>

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i have been trying to do the same, but can not. now there is no options sub menu under tools menu in firefox 5. great!

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think i will change back to Safari