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    Default Firefox search box question

    I know this is a an extremely minor thing to get annoyed about but one thing I've never got used to in my Linux adventures was the fact that in Windows, when you click on the search box in firefox, it highlights the last thing that was typed in it, so you could simply type something new and the last thing is gone, which 80% of the time is what you want to happen. In openSUSE, and every other Linux variant I've encountered, this doesn't happen, and I've lost count of the number of times I've ended up searching for 'facubuntuforumsebook' or 'hotmbbc newsail'. You'd think I'd eventually get used to it but I really haven't!

    Is there any way to make the search box behave like it does in Windows? Thanks in advance.

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    Hi,

    on linux you have to "triple-click".

    This selects the whole string and you can just type over it.

    HTH

    Lenwolf

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    Agreed, or if you don't want to do it with a mouse you can do what I do
    and just hit Ctrl+a quickly (select all) and then type in whatever you're
    after. This is likely something Mozilla can change in Firefox but for the
    most part I think the app is taking the defaults for the windowing system.

    Good luck.






    On 02/19/2011 11:36 AM, lenwolf wrote:
    >
    > Hi,
    >
    > on linux you have to "triple-click".
    >
    > This selects the whole string and you can just type over it.
    >
    > HTH
    >
    > Lenwolf
    >
    >

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    Default Re: Firefox search box question

    Thanks

    Triple click is how I've always done it, I just hoped there was a way to make it one click. I know I sound like I'm making mountains out of molehills but it does annoy me for some reason.

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    Chris Maaskant NNTP User

    Default Re: Firefox search box question

    Jh39 wrote:

    > Is there any way to make the search box behave like it does in Windows?
    > Thanks in advance.


    There is an addon for firefox that's called "clear search" wich clears the
    search field after you clicked on the search button.

    --
    Chris Maaskant

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    Bingo! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jh39 View Post
    Thanks

    Triple click is how I've always done it, I just hoped there was a way to make it one click. I know I sound like I'm making mountains out of molehills but it does annoy me for some reason.
    No, of course not - its' always those small but recurring niggles that drive me nuts, too.
    Kudos to Chris Maaskant for his solution!

    Lenwolf

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    If using KDE You can also use Konqueror which I believe has got the same functionality inbuilt as shown on the below screenshot.
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    Best regards,
    Greg
    Best regards,
    Greg

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    Default Re: Firefox search box question

    Hi,

    Wouldn't you say that Windows' behaviour in this context is incorrect?

    I would expect a single-click in the search bar to place the cursor at the point-of-click so that characters my be inserted or deleted from there. In my experience, it only requires a double-click to highlight the entire contents of the search bar.

    The Linux behaviour seems more intuitive in that it does what you probably want it to do.

    Regards,
    Neil Darlow
    Registered Linux user #122512. Desktop Linux user for 17 years.
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    Default Re: Firefox search box question

    Quote Originally Posted by neildarlow View Post
    Hi,

    Wouldn't you say that Windows' behaviour in this context is incorrect?

    I would expect a single-click in the search bar to place the cursor at the point-of-click so that characters my be inserted or deleted from there. In my experience, it only requires a double-click to highlight the entire contents of the search bar.

    The Linux behaviour seems more intuitive in that it does what you probably want it to do.

    Regards,
    Neil Darlow
    I prefer the windows behaviour in this particular case . Hopefully ctrl+a works.

    Best regards,
    Greg
    Best regards,
    Greg

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