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Thread: Firefox: not using search when typing in the address bar

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    Default Firefox: not using search when typing in the address bar

    Hi!

    So, i've been using firefox in different distros, and it's my go to browser. Thing is, i got used to entering search terms in the address bar and typing enter.
    But in openSUSE 13.1, for a while now, when i enter a single word, it usually doesn't use the search engine allocated to it (first google, now duckduckgo), but it usually takes me to an empty page, like i attempted to go to , let's say 'search' - it takes me to http://search/ . It also takes me to 404 pages and such.
    I have keyword enabled in about:config.

    How to fix this issue? Thanks!

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    Default Re: Firefox: not using search when typing in the address bar

    It generally works by starting the string with a space. It always works if you start with the search engine shortcut. At the bottom of the Search Bar drop-down list there is "Manage Search Engines", which will display/edit shortcuts etc.
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    Default Re: Firefox: not using search when typing in the address bar

    All set as per isntructions, but it doesn't work.
    I tried also starting with space, and it doesn't work.

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    Default Re: Firefox: not using search when typing in the address bar

    Quote Originally Posted by holden87 View Post
    All set as per isntructions, but it doesn't work.
    I tried also starting with space, and it doesn't work.
    I have openSUSE-13.1 and Firefox-28.0
    My FF home page is set to "about:blank". This is so that I can use the "Home" button to blank the address bar.
    My DDG keywordt is "ddg:".
    I habitually start address-bar searches with a space. For a single word search I enter a trailing space to prevent autocomplete trying to choose a bookmark or history url, or adding a "helpful" ".com"

    It works for me.
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    Default Re: Firefox: not using search when typing in the address bar

    Since there was no viable solution, i set a shortcut for DDG, and will type it every time i perform a search.

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