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Search history problem!

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  • Last reply by jeff5656

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The google search toolbar has history of your previous searches in a dropdown arrow, but this is an add-on and I hear google will stop supporting it. Firefox comes with it's own search window in the upper right, but curiously, does not have a way to look at your previous searches. Am I simply not seeing it?

Chosen solution

Add code to userChrome.css below the @namespace line.

You can use the ChromEdit Plus or Stylish extension to have easier access to the customization files.


@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul"); /* only needed once */

/* Searchbar History */
#searchbar .autocomplete-history-dropmarker {
 -moz-binding: url("chrome://global/content/bindings/autocomplete.xml#history-dropmarker"); 
 display: -moz-box !important;
 -moz-appearance: toolbarbutton-dropdown !important;
}
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-> click Firefox button and click Options -> Privacy -> History section -> Firefox will: select "Use Custom Settings for History" -> REMOVE Checkmark from Permanent Private Browsing mode -> place Checkmarks on:

1) Remember my Browsing History 2) Remember Download History 3) Remember Search and Form History 4) Accept Cookies from sites -> click Exceptions... button and click "Remove All Sites" 4a) Accept Third-party Cookies -> Keep Until : select They Expire

-> REMOVE CHECKMARK from CLEAR HISTORY WHEN FIREFOX CLOSES

-> Click OK on Options window -> Restart Firefox

Check and tell if its working.

-> When you use Clear Recent History feature, make sure NOT to select Forms and Search History

-> See these articles to know How your Search History can be Deleted

-> If you use Privacy Cleanup Softwares like CCleaner, don't select Firefox in the Applications List. They might be responsible for Deleting Firefox Session and other History Settings.

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Actually: What I was asking was not how to get it to remember your history. I can't see my history! Unlike the google toolbar, there is no dropdown to see what you previous searches were. Is there a way to make the FF search bar have a dropdown button like google does? It just seems stupid to have TWO search bars - one int eh upper corner and one in the lower corner.

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The settings i provided in my previous post are to make sure that your Next/New Searches won't be Cleared/Deleted/Forgotton.

And there are 2 Search bar places (both at the top):

1) through Address bar

2) Firefox Search bar

jeff5656: one in the upper corner and one in the lower corner. Which Lower Corner Search bar are you referring to ?? Can you attach a Screenshots of it ??

Modified by Hasan

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See the screen shot for what I'm looking for. I just want the built-in search box in firefox to have a dropdown so I can see the list of all my previous searches. The google search bar add-on does this, but google is no longer supporting it and since my firefox has a 1.47 GB memory leak (as of this writing) I want to get rid of any addons I don't need.

Modified by jeff5656

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The lower one is from the Google Toolbar that is installed in your Firefox. Uninstall Google Toolbar if you don't need it.

-> Troubleshooting extensions and themes

Check and tell if its working.

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Yes I realize that. The question was how do I add a drop down to the FF search box so I can see a list of my previous searches? THEN I can remove the Google Toolbar.

Modified by jeff5656

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Chosen Solution

Add code to userChrome.css below the @namespace line.

You can use the ChromEdit Plus or Stylish extension to have easier access to the customization files.


@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul"); /* only needed once */

/* Searchbar History */
#searchbar .autocomplete-history-dropmarker {
 -moz-binding: url("chrome://global/content/bindings/autocomplete.xml#history-dropmarker"); 
 display: -moz-box !important;
 -moz-appearance: toolbarbutton-dropdown !important;
}

Modified by cor-el

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Thank you cor-el!! You solved it. Now why on EARTH would the FF developers not have that as the default? No one except a few tech geeks would ever know how to do that themselves...