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why did they just ruin the search bar feature?

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The search bar has always had the drop down menu that would change the default site you were searching with when you typed anything in there, it recently as in just minutes ago changed and now it is terrible. It always had a icon on the bar to show what site I was using now it doesn't. First it changed my default search to yahoo like i'm a 50 year old grandma that actually uses yahoo, so I had to change my default again. Now because of these stupid changes every time I type anything into the search bar If I want to search youtube or wiki or anything else I have to click the stupid ugly new menu everysingle time it's beyond stupid and infuriating. What if I close the browser and come back a moment later and want to search something on the same site. Well I guess i'm screwed because now i have to click the stupid button again every single time. They could have at least left the icon on the bar to show where I was searching,

Anyway thanks for ruining the best feature your browser had by fixing something that wasn't broken making it far more complicated and annoying you guys rules.

The search bar has always had the drop down menu that would change the default site you were searching with when you typed anything in there, it recently as in just minutes ago changed and now it is terrible. It always had a icon on the bar to show what site I was using now it doesn't. First it changed my default search to yahoo like i'm a 50 year old grandma that actually uses yahoo, so I had to change my default again. Now because of these stupid changes every time I type anything into the search bar If I want to search youtube or wiki or anything else I have to click the stupid ugly new menu everysingle time it's beyond stupid and infuriating. What if I close the browser and come back a moment later and want to search something on the same site. Well I guess i'm screwed because now i have to click the stupid button again every single time. They could have at least left the icon on the bar to show where I was searching, Anyway thanks for ruining the best feature your browser had by fixing something that wasn't broken making it far more complicated and annoying you guys rules.

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You can revert to the old scheme for the Search Bar.

Open up about:config (typed in the Location Bar) and toggle this preference to false browser.search.showOneOffButtons Then restart Firefox.

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You can revert to the old scheme for the Search Bar.

Open up about:config (typed in the Location Bar) and toggle this preference to false browser.search.showOneOffButtons Then restart Firefox.

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Thank you for being prompt this solved my issue.

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thanks for the fix, but any idea why they did this? it really was nice before, and now it's completely broken by comparison. before, i could hit ctrl+t > tab (to move to search bar) > ctrl+up/down to select which search engine i wanted and then search. was especially nice for when i wanted to highlight something to search and then use the right click menu "search on "selected search engine"". this function literally is broken now, i can only search on whatever the default engine is.

i feel like after a few updates the option to switch back will be lost, or at least be a pita to remember/find if moving to a new computer or something.

any way you could maybe make them realize it was better before and change it back?

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Yeah, me too. I just posted the same question.

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They changed it because they're hell-bent on ignoring what the users want and dumbing everything down. Why? Chrome.