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In the new FF, typing a word in address bar doesn't perform a google search anymore

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I have just installed the new FF (which actally looks a lot like Explorere). I used to be able to type a word into the address bar eg: Facebook, and I would either be redirected immediately to Facebook otherwise FF would perform a google search. Has this feature been eliminated or is there a setting that can do this.

BTW, I do not like the new FF. The previous version was much more user friendly and visually pleasing.

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TonyE
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The change between Firefox 3.6.* and Firefox 4 is how location bar search works. In Firefox 3.6 it uses Google "Browse by name" search. With the browse by name search, it performs a Google search and if there is a clear match it will take you to the site, otherwise it shows the Google search result. With Firefox 4 it just performs a Google search if you type something which is not recognised as a URL.

To get the Firefox 3.6 behaviour on Firefox 4 you need to change a hidden preference.

  1. Type about:config into the location bar and press enter
  2. Accept the warning message that appears, you will be taken to a list of preferences
  3. Locate the preference keyword.URL, double-click on it and change its value to the link shown below

http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=

If you prefer, you can also do this by installing the Browse by Name extension - https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/browse-by-name

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Tried this but it doesn't work. I don't get a google search either when I type anything in the address bar.

Klappis 0 solutions 46 answers

It doesn't work with FF 13 anymore, whenever i type something it firefox thinks i typing an adress.

Have you guys removed the search function through adressbar?

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cor-el
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What is the current value of the keyword.URL pref?


Klappis 0 solutions 46 answers

It's value is "standard"

The keyword.enabled seems to to enabled aswell.

Tried the extension but it didn't work. Whenever i type something in the adress bar (no matter the word) for example Microsoft it ends with http://microsoft/.

Changing the "browser.fixup.alternate.enabled" to false won't work either.

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cor-el
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Start Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance/Themes).

A possible cause is a problem with the file places.sqlite that stores the bookmarks and the history.

You can also try to repair the places database with this extension:

You can try to reset Firefox and create a new profile.

Klappis 0 solutions 46 answers

None of it worked. It stopped working when i upgraded to 13 but im not sure. Is there some zipped version of FF 12 i can check with so i don't spoil my profile?

cor-el
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If you reset Firefox then a new profile is created and some of your data is automatically imported, but your original profile isn't changed and you can go back to it at any time via the Profile Manager or you can transfer more data to the new profile (be cautious with doing that).

Klappis 0 solutions 46 answers

Aaah yes i knew that but thanks anyway. Tried that method and it wouldn't work either. :(

jscher2000
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Does this only affect one word searches or does it also affect other searches?

For what it's worth, my keyword.URL is a blank string. (Data type is string, value is empty.)

cor-el
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On which (Windows) platform are you?


Check the connection settings.

If you do not need to use a proxy to connect to internet then select "No Proxy" if the default "Use the system proxy settings" setting doesn't work.

See "Firefox connection settings":

Klappis 0 solutions 46 answers

I've tried everything even made an completely clean install but to no avail. It's not my connection either tried "no proxy" approach but it won't work either.

Doesn't matter if i set the "keyword.enabled" to off or on.

I think the FF devs messed something up. No matter the word it always ends upp with a http:/ before the typed word and if i search for any word containing swedish letter å,ä,ö it's all getting scetchy. I'v added a pic. In the mean time i will revert back to FF 12.

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cor-el
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Start Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance/Themes).

You can try to reset Firefox and create a new profile.

Klappis 0 solutions 46 answers

Thanks! But i've already tried those solutions. I've been running FF since FF 1.5. Shame this problem won't be able to fix. Running older versions with clean installs didn't work either.

cor-el
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What is the value of the keyword.URL pref?

You can also try this extension:

Klappis 0 solutions 46 answers

The value is empty aka blank.

cor-el
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You can modify the pref keyword.URL on the about:config page to use Google's "I'm Feeling Lucky" or Google's "Browse By Name".

Google "I'm Feeling Lucky":
Google "Browse by Name":

jscher2000
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What's happening with the non-ASCII characters is that they are being resolved as domains. "Internationalized" domain names (IDNs) containing non-ASCII characters are written in a peculiar set of ASCII characters called "punycode." I know it sounds like I'm making this up, but you can test the theory on this conversion site:

http://mct.verisign-grs.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punycode

Anyway, I think it indicates that Firefox is trying to resolve the word as a domain (with or without fixup), rather than sending it to search, which is consistent with the behavior of ASCII strings.


Since you're now encountering this issue in all versions of Firefox that you've tested, is it possible that something has changed in DNS resolution on your machine or in your environment? I suppose you could try Google DNS (8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4) or OpenDNS (208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220) and see whether that changes anything.

Klappis 0 solutions 46 answers

Don't know how but i fixed it and not without your help. I changed DNS-servers back and forth and reverted to my providers dns-servers again. Now it works i think, have to test it some more though.

Very thanks again! Appreciated!

Klappis 0 solutions 46 answers

Whenever i use my ISP provided DNS-servers it won't work. Whenever i use Googles dns-servers it works again.

How come?