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The only way I can use it is if I type a valid web address such as "www.youtube.com." I used to be able to type in something like "Wikipedia" and get search results but now it will say "Invalid web address." How can I fix this?

The only way I can use it is if I type a valid web address such as "www.youtube.com." I used to be able to type in something like "Wikipedia" and get search results but now it will say "Invalid web address." How can I fix this?

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jscher2000
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That url area usually is wired to a Google search. Perhaps one of your add-ons has hijacked it. Try the steps in the following article to reset it:

Location bar search | How to | Firefox Help

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That url area usually is wired to a Google search. Perhaps one of your add-ons has hijacked it. Try the steps in the following article to reset it: [https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Location%20bar%20search Location bar search | How to | Firefox Help] Did that work?

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nope it does the same exact thin, I type youtube it changes it to www.youtube.com

nope it does the same exact thin, I type youtube it changes it to www.youtube.com
cor-el
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Make sure that you use the Google search bar and not the location bar.

If the menu bar is hidden then press the F10 key or hold down the Alt key to make the menu bar appear.

Make sure that toolbars like the "Navigation Toolbar" and the "Bookmarks Toolbar" are visible: "View > Toolbars"

  • Open the Customize window via "View > Toolbars > Customize"
  • Check that the "Bookmarks Toolbar items" is on the Bookmarks Toolbar
  • If the "Bookmarks Toolbar items" is not on the Bookmarks Toolbar then drag it back from the toolbar palette in the customize window to the Bookmarks Toolbar
  • If missing items are in the toolbar palette then drag them back from the Customize window on the toolbar
  • If you do not see an item on a toolbar and in the toolbar palette then click the "Restore Default Set" button to restore the default toolbar set up

Make sure that you use the Google search bar and not the location bar. If the menu bar is hidden then press the F10 key or hold down the Alt key to make the menu bar appear. Make sure that toolbars like the "Navigation Toolbar" and the "Bookmarks Toolbar" are visible: "View > Toolbars" *Open the Customize window via "View > Toolbars > Customize" *Check that the "Bookmarks Toolbar items" is on the Bookmarks Toolbar *If the "Bookmarks Toolbar items" is not on the Bookmarks Toolbar then drag it back from the toolbar palette in the customize window to the Bookmarks Toolbar *If missing items are in the toolbar palette then drag them back from the Customize window on the toolbar *If you do not see an item on a toolbar and in the toolbar palette then click the "Restore Default Set" button to restore the default toolbar set up *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Toolbar_customization *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/Back+and+forward+or+other+toolbar+items+are+missing ----- * https://support.mozilla.com/kb/Location+bar+search *https://support.mozilla.org/kb/Search+bar