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Firefox will not search * I put a word in the search bar click enter and the word just sits there nothing changes

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Firefox will not search * I put a word in the search bar click enter and the word just sits there nothing changes

when i type anything in the Firefox search bar nothing happens 8 could be a phone number

,,, the  word Fire Fox  ,,the  search  never happens ..the  word ( or number )  just sits there in the search area ( bar) of  fir fox
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Re: Firefox will not search * I put a word in the search bar click enter and the word just sits there nothing changes

Hello zappa,

Try Firefox Safe Mode to see if the problem goes away. Safe Mode is a troubleshooting mode, which disables most add-ons.

(If you're not using it, switch to the Default theme.)

  • You can open Firefox 4.0+ in Safe Mode by holding the Shift key when you open the Firefox desktop or Start menu shortcut.
  • Or open the Help menu and click on the Restart with Add-ons Disabled... menu item while Firefox is running.

Once you get the pop-up, just select "'Start in Safe Mode"

If the issue is not present in Firefox Safe Mode, your problem is probably caused by an extension, and you need to figure out which one. Please follow the Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems article for that.

To exit the Firefox Safe Mode, just close Firefox and wait a few seconds before opening Firefox for normal use again.

When you figure out what's causing your issues, please let us know. It might help other users who have the same problem.

Thank you.

Legendary Contributor

Re: Firefox will not search * I put a word in the search bar click enter and the word just sits there nothing changes

Different things happen when you enter one word vs. two words on the address bar.

  • With one word, Firefox may try to see whether it works as a domain name. For example, type pepsi and press Enter, and Firefox will check for www.pepsi.com. Of course, add-ons can change this behavior.
  • When there are two or more words, Firefox will immediately run a search using the provider listed in one of your preferences (keyword.URL which you can view if you type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter). Of course, add-ons can change this behavior.

Do you notice any difference between one word and two word searches?

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Re: Firefox will not search * I put a word in the search bar click enter and the word just sits there nothing changes

This can also happen if you have a profile located on the network drive.

Is this only with searching via the search bar?

Try to use the SearchReset extension to reset some preferences to the default values.

Note that the SearchReset extension only runs once and then uninstalls automatically, so it won't show on the "Firefox > Add-ons" page (about:addons).

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Re: Firefox will not search * I put a word in the search bar click enter and the word just sits there nothing changes

Hi I am also having this issue with one word search's only. I don't really want to find an addon to fix this as I like to keep my browser as lite as possible to reduce extension issues. Is there a manual fix to tell Firefox that a single word in the URL bar should be treated as is and not with http://

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Re: Firefox will not search * I put a word in the search bar click enter and the word just sits there nothing changes

Use a keyword search and add a one letter keyword to the Google or other search engine via Manage Search Engines in the drop down list of the search bar icon.

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Re: Firefox will not search * I put a word in the search bar click enter and the word just sits there nothing changes

cor-el - Thanks for your reply but that does not solve my issue.

My issue relates to a single word search from the URL address bar. Currently Firefox is trying to add http:// to the beginning of the word that is added and this is causing an issue when returning a result.

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Re: Firefox will not search * I put a word in the search bar click enter and the word just sits there nothing changes

Hi murenti, cor-el is suggesting a workaround. For example, to query Google for the word browser, you would assign g to Google one time, then instead of just typing browser, you would write:

g browser

That is indeed an extra two characters you would need to type, but if you do not get a solution for forcing single word addresses to be sent to the keyword service, you could try it.

Or just use the search box, which never thinks you might be entering an address.

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Re: Firefox will not search * I put a word in the search bar click enter and the word just sits there nothing changes

You can also try to set the browser.urlbar.autoFill pref to false to disable auto-fill in the location bar in case that is interfering.

See "Prevent Firefox from automatically completing URLs":

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Re: Firefox will not search * I put a word in the search bar click enter and the word just sits there nothing changes

Thank you cor-el and jscher2000 I have impleted the keyword search and now understand what you mean, sorry. Its much better than before but I wish there was a Firefox fix for this.

Thank you both for your patience and help