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Firefox 17: Google Search Autocomplete Disabled

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Firefox 17: Google Search Autocomplete Disabled

Warning: If you upgrade to Firefox 17 and use Google's old search -

https://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0&hl=en

the autocomplete (drop-down box of you personal search terms) is disabled and per Google is not a Google issue

Again if you use https://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0&hl=en

your typed search history contained in the drop-down box is eliminated with Firefox 17, and once again Google has verified that it is not a Google issue.

Hopefully Firefox fixes this issue because tens of millions of people who use Google's old Search Engine -

https://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0&hl=en

use it because it retains your typed search history while eliminating google's suggestions, making searches fast and precise and effective and efficient without google's clutter of suggestions, yet Firefox 17 disables it altogether

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Re: Firefox 17: Google Search Autocomplete Disabled

Autocomplete On has been updated, uninstall and remove the old Autocomplete On and reinstall the new version, version 10:

http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/7347

Thanks to Matthew Schultz.

http://userscripts.org/topics/21362

Version 10 changes:

-Added version metatag so any future versions released should allow this script to be auto updated -Added Firefox 17 support: Since Firefox 17 no longer interprets // (double slash) comments and returns a syntax error when using the location hack, converted all comments to multiline /* */ (slash star) comments.

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Re: Firefox 17: Google Search Autocomplete Disabled

hello SirSimeon2003, this issue is caused by google since the source code of the search form explicitly specifies that the input shouldn't be autocompleted with your prior typed search history (autocomplete="off").

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Re: Firefox 17: Google Search Autocomplete Disabled

Nope, as I stated twice above, Google verified it was not a Google issue

And the issue was resolved when I reverted back to Firefox 16.0.1

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Re: Firefox 17: Google Search Autocomplete Disabled

well google can say otherwise, but it's obvious from the source-code that autocomplete is switched off for this form (see screenshot attached). it didn't work for me when i downgraded to firefox 16 or firefox 10 either. by using a bookmarklet that ignores the autocomplete=off element temporarily it is possible to circumvent this restriction but this is not a very practical solution...

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Re: Firefox 17: Google Search Autocomplete Disabled

Using the above URL for has been the work around to enable autocomplete for quite some time.

I restored back to FF14 and autocomplete still works just like it has for many other versions of FF. (I never had FF15 or FF16).

So why has FF17 made it stop working?

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Re: Firefox 17: Google Search Autocomplete Disabled

were these autocomplete-entries coming from firefox' inbuilt form-history or from google.com that keeps track of your search history when you're logged in?

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Re: Firefox 17: Google Search Autocomplete Disabled

If you're talking about Google search suggestions, I see the same thing in Internet Explorer Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 10.0.11 ESR as in Firefox 17 when searching from https://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0&hl=en (no drop-down list of search suggestions).

Does it help if you search from www.google.com instead ? (I get google search suggestions from there.)

Ref: http://www.ehow.com/how_8549105_rid-dropdown-suggestion-list-google.html
Quote: You can also disable Google's search suggestions by using the URL "http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0" to access the search engine. Set this URL as your browser's homepage so you do not have to type it manually each time you perform a Web search.

Some other references, in case it helps:

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Re: Firefox 17: Google Search Autocomplete Disabled

The data is kept in a Firefox profile folder. IIRC if is called places.sqlite. Firefox should be able to have access to its own file. Again, this has worked with previous versions of Firefox.

This may help explain a few things. Take a look at the top entry here. Obviously I am not the only one having this problem. I’m presuming as more people update to FF17 there will be more complaints about this. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/search?q=autocomplete&esab=a&page=1

Here’s a couple earlier links explaining things from some time ago when the fix was found

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=2451263

http://community.norton.com/t5/Norton-Internet-Security-Norton/Firefox-Autocomplete-stopped-working/...

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Re: Firefox 17: Google Search Autocomplete Disabled

the links you've posted date back to march this year - there was no ff17 around back then. the link to the mozillazine forum bolsters what i've written above: the problem occurred with other browsers as well and the workaround is to use a userscript which circumvents the autocomplete=off parameter that google has put into the source code of the page. so it is intended behaviour (by google) that no suggestions from any browsers' inbuilt form history are displayed when typing in the search box.

the only way i can think of why it may have worked for you before is that some sort of addon has modified the behaviour, which has now stopped working with firefox 17 for whatever reason. could you list all your installed entries in firefox > addons > extensions?

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Re: Firefox 17: Google Search Autocomplete Disabled

I know that Google changed things & it affected other browsers.

I realize there was no FF17 back in March. That is my point. Every version since then has worked with that long Google URL, except FF17. https://www.google.com/webhp?complete=0&hl=en

I'm not saying FF caused the problem, but there was a fix that enabled FF to work around it. Obviously something has changed with FF17. And it appears others are not happy about it either & just might change browsers because FF does not give them a feature they liked.