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Keyword search not working from address bar

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Keyword search not working from address bar

Hello,

The problem is actually explained in the title. However, I'll repeat it with some modification.

When I type something in my address bar, I'm expecting to be redirected to Google search results, if entered string isn't an actual web address. That's what I'm used to for quite some time in FF now. As opposed, when I now enter something in address bar, I get this opened: http://something/ Obviously, not something that's much appreciated.

Please check this link before you direct me to set keyword search via about:config, because I think that this is the way it was before, while everything was working.

(link: http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/9561/9122010101528am.png)

Thank you, Dan

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Re: Keyword search not working from address bar

See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Location_Bar_search
Check the pref keyword.URL on the about:config page: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Keyword%2eURL

See also http://kb.mozillazine.org/keyword.enabled

You can also check the browser.fixup.* prefs on the about:config page and make sure that they have the default value.
See http://kb.mozillazine.org/about%3Aconfig

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Re: Keyword search not working from address bar

See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Location_Bar_search
Check the pref keyword.URL on the about:config page: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Keyword%2eURL

See also http://kb.mozillazine.org/keyword.enabled

You can also check the browser.fixup.* prefs on the about:config page and make sure that they have the default value.
See http://kb.mozillazine.org/about%3Aconfig

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Re: Keyword search not working from address bar

Thank you for your reply. Turned out that "http://kb.mozillazine.org/Keyword.URL" article was a winner. When I posted this question, I actually WAS behind a proxy server, at my University, and it turned out that proxy was trying to resolve entered word as address for me. Unfortunately, proxy server is not as smart as mozilla firefox Smiley Wink

Best, Dan

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Re: Keyword search not working from address bar

You're welcome

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Re: Keyword search not working from address bar

1 word searches get forwarded to my service provider search engine, is there a fix for that?

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Re: Keyword search not working from address bar

Sounds that you have an ISP that automatically redirects you to a search page if a DNS look up fails.
That takes the control from Firefox to do the normal keyword search like a Google I'm Lucky search.
In such cases you need to contact your ISP and ask for a DNS server to opt-out of that feature.
You can also check if there is a link on the search results page to go to your ISP and opt-out.