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How can I have the cursor default to the address bar when I open a new tab, rather than the cursor defaulting to a search engine text box?

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How can I have the cursor default to the address bar when I open a new tab, rather than the cursor defaulting to a search engine text box?

Using Firefox 17.0.1 and Windoes XP

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Re: How can I have the cursor default to the address bar when I open a new tab, rather than the cursor defaulting to a search engine text box?

Firefox does that by default. You probably have an add-on installed which changed the focus of the cursor from the URL bar to the Search bar.

http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/troubleshooting+extensions+and+themes

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Re: How can I have the cursor default to the address bar when I open a new tab, rather than the cursor defaulting to a search engine text box?

Firefox does that by default. You probably have an add-on installed which changed the focus of the cursor from the URL bar to the Search bar.

http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/troubleshooting+extensions+and+themes

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Re: How can I have the cursor default to the address bar when I open a new tab, rather than the cursor defaulting to a search engine text box?

By default Firefox should go to the URL bar automatically. Have you changed any settings? A reset may fix this by going to "Help">"Troubleshooting Information" and clicking "Reset Firefox". If this doesn't work, don't hesitate to to keep asking questions.

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Re: How can I have the cursor default to the address bar when I open a new tab, rather than the cursor defaulting to a search engine text box?

What is the URL of the about:newtab page (pref: browser.newtab.url) ?

Firefox goes to the search bar on the about:home page and may also do this for some other pages.

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Re: How can I have the cursor default to the address bar when I open a new tab, rather than the cursor defaulting to a search engine text box?

Had the same problem with FF 17 update. It had to do with Tab Utility or Tab Mix Plus. I worked around it by installing an add-on called InstantFox for searching from the URL.

Worked for me.

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Re: How can I have the cursor default to the address bar when I open a new tab, rather than the cursor defaulting to a search engine text box?

If you are using the NewTabURL Add-on click on Tools >> Addons >> Scroll to the NewTabURL > Click Options.

Near the bottom is a check box (checked by default, I think) Select location bar after loading new tab.

Make sure it is checked.

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Re: How can I have the cursor default to the address bar when I open a new tab, rather than the cursor defaulting to a search engine text box?

In my case, it must have been the add-ons. After uninstalling all of them, cursor was placed in the adress bar when opening a new tab.

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Re: How can I have the cursor default to the address bar when I open a new tab, rather than the cursor defaulting to a search engine text box?

I've set my new tab page to be about:home. On that particular page, Firefox defaults to the search box instead of the URL bar. Is there any way to change that setting?

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Re: How can I have the cursor default to the address bar when I open a new tab, rather than the cursor defaulting to a search engine text box?

Pressing the F6 key should bring the focus to the location bar in such a case.

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Re: How can I have the cursor default to the address bar when I open a new tab, rather than the cursor defaulting to a search engine text box?

Sure, and I use Ctrl+l (that's a small L) currently. But I was asking about the cursor defaulting to the URL (awesome) bar.