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Search on screen bottom disappears when closing tab

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With Firefox version 25.0 the behaviour of the "search" field (bottom left) seems to have changed: when I have multiple tabs opened and search i.e. in tab 1 for "search string" the other tabs don´t feature the same search. Instead I need to CTRL + F and enter the search string for every tab.

This slows down searching massively - typically you may open a bunch of Google links and then scan for the same search string.

Is there any setting I may use to overcome this? Or are there plans to revert to the "old style" behaviour?

Thanks a lot! Andreas

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Yes, this is a change in Firefox 25. See http://www.mozilla.org/firefox/25.0/releasenotes/ under What’s New:

New | The find bar is no longer shared between tabs

Related bug report, where this behavior was changed:

  • Bug 537013 - The find bar should exist on a per-tab basis

I haven't tried it myself but see comment 69 in the bug for a workaround (Read Bugzilla Etiquette before commenting in bugs):


Luís Miguel [:Quicksaver] 2013-10-31 17:35:12 PDT

The old behavior (global find bar) can be emulated through my add-on FindBar Tweak *, by disabling preference "Findbar starts closed in new tabs"


[*] Here's a link to the FindBar Tweak add-on, if you want to try it.

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Yes, this is a change in Firefox 25. See http://www.mozilla.org/firefox/25.0/releasenotes/ under What’s New:

New | The find bar is no longer shared between tabs

Related bug report, where this behavior was changed:

  • Bug 537013 - The find bar should exist on a per-tab basis

I haven't tried it myself but see comment 69 in the bug for a workaround (Read Bugzilla Etiquette before commenting in bugs):


Luís Miguel [:Quicksaver] 2013-10-31 17:35:12 PDT

The old behavior (global find bar) can be emulated through my add-on FindBar Tweak *, by disabling preference "Findbar starts closed in new tabs"


[*] Here's a link to the FindBar Tweak add-on, if you want to try it.

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Note that you can also press F3 to open the Find bar in other tabs to repeat the search with the previously used search terms.