Change searching in windows in Firefox
June 29, 2008 7:25 AM Subscribe
How can I change the behavior of searching in windows in Firefox? The Firefox search-in-browser bar is, and has always has been, awful.
posted by Mo Nickels to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
[I posted this to the Firefox forums and got no response.]
I am not referring to searches done using URL shortcuts nor am I referring to searches done using search box in the upper right corner of the browser window.
The search-in-browser bar is what I am calling the bar that appears at the bottom of the browser window when you search for content inside of the page that is currently loaded by hitting ctrl-F on Windows or command-F on Mac. I use Firefox 3.0 for both platforms.
The search-in-browser bar is broken (or, if you prefer, intentionally coded in such a way that it behaves in a broken fashion) in that it:
a. Continues to appear on the screen even long after it has last been used.
b. Continues to appear on the screen when a link is clicked and a new page is loaded.
c. "Match case" seems to be arbitrarily selected in between searches.
d. Takes up an inordinate amount of screen real estate, especially in a browser window that fills the monitor. This is particularly problematic on a laptop with a small screen.
What I would like to find is a way to change this behavior. I have looked for things to change in about:config and for an appropriate extension but found no joy.
What I'd like to have happen in Firefox:
1. The search-in-browser bar should disappear in user-settable amount of time after it has last been used, either X amount of time after the last search is made or after the last time a related search key command is entered. I know that you can sometimes hit escape to get the search-in-browser bar to disappear, but that doesn't always work either--it sometimes stupidly requires that you click back into the search field and *then* hit escape--not even rehitting ctrl-F/command-F and then hitting escape works.
2. The search-in-browser bar should disappear when a link is clicked and a new page is loaded.
3. "Match case" should never be selected by default or at the start of a search; or, it should be a user preference as to whether it is a default or not.
4. Ideally, the search-in-browser bar should be able to be turned off. It should return to being a pop-up window as it was on previous versions of Firefox, or it should be a user preference as to whether it should be attached to the window or should be a free-standing pop-up window.