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Search bar changes address bar's default search setting

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Search bar changes address bar's default search setting

In the past, I have usually kept my Search Bar on IMDb, because I use that a lot, but I do Google searches even more commonly, so I would simply type the Google search terms in the address bar and hit <Enter>, which always worked fine. It was like have two search bars at once, which was totally awesome. Now however, having just "updated" Firefox about an hour ago, it appears that the Address Bar's search selection is now tied to the Search Bar's selection. When I perform a search with the Address Bar, the resultant search invariably goes to whatever the choice is in the Search Bar. I have tried going into about:config and "reset" the browser.default.enginename setting, but it changes instantly as I change the Search Bar's setting. Please separate the Address Bar and the Search Bar back to the way they were before. This is extremely annoying.

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I have just rolled my computer back to where I'm back with Firefox 22.0 and the behavior immediately corrected itself, which only confirms that this is an issue with updating to ver 23.0, so I guess I'm stuck on 22.0 for the time being. I also see in the "What's New" notes for ver 23.0 that "Users can now switch to a new search provider across the entire browser". It would be nice if the change being applied to "the entire browser" was optional.

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Re: Search bar changes address bar's default search setting

hello, consolidating the search options in the search-bar, address-bar and the default homepage was a deliberate change by developers. you can use the keyword search extension by mike kaply to work around that though...

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Re: Search bar changes address bar's default search setting

hello, consolidating the search options in the search-bar, address-bar and the default homepage was a deliberate change by developers. you can use the keyword search extension by mike kaply to work around that though...

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Re: Search bar changes address bar's default search setting

Yes, OK, that fixed it, thank you.

New Contributor

Re: Search bar changes address bar's default search setting

Can I somehow revert this change through about:config?

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Re: Search bar changes address bar's default search setting

no, the setting that controlled the different search engine for the address-bar in about:config was removed and now has no effect any longer. it is necessary to switch to the extension to get back the old behaviour.

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Re: Search bar changes address bar's default search setting

Oh dear Smiley Sad Whyyyyy??!!.... Could somebody suggest needed extension?

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Re: Search bar changes address bar's default search setting

you can find the extension at https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/keyword-search/

the reasoning behind the change (i also disagree with it) was that many adware programs did overwrite the keyword preference and there was no obvious way for users to recover from that.

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Re: Search bar changes address bar's default search setting

Oh, thanks! You've made my day. IMHO the better solution would be to add some configuration option for the address bar search engine in browser configuration wizard. This new "feature" makes search bar useless, as for me.

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Re: Search bar changes address bar's default search setting

Akkerman,

Did you try the addon

That allows you to use the two bars independently again, so you can change the search bar its list options without it breaking the address bar.

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Re: Search bar changes address bar's default search setting

Yes, keyword-search works perfectly. Thanks! Smiley Happy