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Why does Quick Search start with forward AND back slash?

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For a while now, Firefox has had automatic keyboard shortcuts for both Quick Find (/) and Quick Find for links only (,). I like those shortcuts. Using the forward slash and comma keys for these features suits me fine.

However, now even the back slash key (\) is activating Quick Find. That means both forward slash AND black slash activate this search feature.

Is this a bug? Why would I want multiple keyboard shortcuts for the same feature? It seems like Firefox is taking up all my keys. Anyone else notice this?

(I'm running FF 16.0.2 on a 2012 MacBook Air using OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.2)

Chosen solution

Hi bzoooty,

I am sorry that you are having this issue with Firefox 16.0.2 on your MacBook Air.

I tested these shortcuts and I was not able to replicate your results. The Forward slash (/) worked for quick find and the Apostrophe (') worked for Quick Find Links Only. However, Backslash (\) and the Comma (,) shortcuts did not produce any results for me. I am currently running Firefox 16.0.1 on Windows 7.

Here is a list of the default shortcuts for the current version of Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/keyboard-shortcuts-perform-firefox-tasks-quickly

There is an add-on that allows you to customize your shortcuts for Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/customizable-shortcuts/

I would suggest installing this add-on and configuring the shortcuts the way that works best for you.

I hope that this solves your problem. :)

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Ralph Daub
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Hi bzoooty,

I am sorry that you are having this issue with Firefox 16.0.2 on your MacBook Air.

I tested these shortcuts and I was not able to replicate your results. The Forward slash (/) worked for quick find and the Apostrophe (') worked for Quick Find Links Only. However, Backslash (\) and the Comma (,) shortcuts did not produce any results for me. I am currently running Firefox 16.0.1 on Windows 7.

Here is a list of the default shortcuts for the current version of Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/keyboard-shortcuts-perform-firefox-tasks-quickly

There is an add-on that allows you to customize your shortcuts for Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/customizable-shortcuts/

I would suggest installing this add-on and configuring the shortcuts the way that works best for you.

I hope that this solves your problem. :)

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I reset Firefox a second time and now everything seems to be working fine, as you described: "The Forward slash (/) worked for quick find and the Apostrophe (') worked for Quick Find Links Only."

Thanks.

Ralph Daub
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58 solutions 430 answers

Yay! Glad to hear it. :)