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The web search feature does not work on FF15.0

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Just took the 15.0 update. I can't type into the search field

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Yes, that is the Search Bar.

There was a change to the Search Bar in 15.0, the "name" of the search engine doesn't clear until you type the first character, the cursor blinks behind the G in Google.

Another Firefox 15.0 user reported a problem with the theme they were using. Try the default theme and see if your problem goes away.

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Tyler Downer
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The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions, Open websites, and some Preferences.

To Reset Firefox do the following:

  1. Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
  3. Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
  4. Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied.


Further information can be found in the Reset Firefox – easily fix most problems article.

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cor-el
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Do you mean the search bar on the about:home page or the search bar on the Navigation Toolbar?

Note that a "Reset" creates a new profile and tries to import some settings from the old profile leaving the old profile intact, including the cache folder (about:cache) that can take up to 1 GB.

Firefox 15+ versions will move the old profile folder to an "Old Firefox Data-##" folder on the Desktop that gets a number appended if you use reset more than once, so you can no longer use the profile manager to revert to the old profile.


If there is a problem with searching via the default about:home page then try to reset the search engine used on the about:home page.

Reset the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone pref via the right-click context menu to the default on the about:config page and close and restart Firefox to restore the about:home page to its default.

  1. Open the about:config page via the location bar
  2. Type in the Filter bar: mstone
  3. Right-click the browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone line and select: Reset
  4. Close and restart Firefox

If this didn't help then delete the delete the chromeappsstore.sqlite file in the Firefox Profile Folder and repeat the above.

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder

Question owner

Sorry I might not be calling the search bar by the correct name, I took a screen shot of it. It's on the right with google in the text field. I can't erase the text field to do a search. I went back to the 14.01 and it's working again

the-edmeister
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Chosen Solution

Yes, that is the Search Bar.

There was a change to the Search Bar in 15.0, the "name" of the search engine doesn't clear until you type the first character, the cursor blinks behind the G in Google.

Another Firefox 15.0 user reported a problem with the theme they were using. Try the default theme and see if your problem goes away.

Question owner

Thank you the-edmeister, that was it!