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I updated today to FF 44.0.2. Search bar is not working anymore. I cannot even type on it. It's there (not grayed) but after clicking on it, the cursor does not show up. Thanks in advance for your help,


Application Basics Name: Firefox Version: 44.0.2 Build ID: 20160210153822 Update Channel: release User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:44.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/44.0 Multiprocess Windows: 0/1 (default: false) Safe Mode: false


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Important Modified Preferences

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Chosen solution

That's part of the new Adaptable Search Bar feature in the add-on to use the location bar for web searches as well. You can still keep the search bar by going to the add-on's preferences and disabling the preference "Show search bar only when it's not empty".

See the add-on's release notes (version 1.4 onwards) or the description in its homepage:

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Can you reach the search bar with the Tab key or with the keyboard shortcut (e.g. Ctrl+K)?

Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions (3-bar Menu button/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem.

  • Switch to the DEFAULT theme: 3-bar Menu button/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance
  • Do NOT click the Reset button on the Safe Mode start window
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Yes, it's the "Beyond Australis" add-on that blocks it. This add-on usually creates some sort of problem with bar icons. Good news is that they update it often. Thanks!

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Chosen Solution

That's part of the new Adaptable Search Bar feature in the add-on to use the location bar for web searches as well. You can still keep the search bar by going to the add-on's preferences and disabling the preference "Show search bar only when it's not empty".

See the add-on's release notes (version 1.4 onwards) or the description in its homepage:

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Thanks a lot quicksaver. I have many add-ons and I usually don't bother reading what the updates are about, so I missed this new functionality.