Removing the Search Bar

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Removing the Search Bar

Post by Rohugh » 2012-05-20, 20:10

I removed the search bar and now use the address bar (navigation bar, location bar or whatever you call it) with key words to search, or rather a letter.

Firstly click the search bar dropdown, highlight the site in the list with a click and choose "edit keyword". I only have a few sites on it so it was not too difficult - g for Google, d for dictionary, w for Wikipedia and u for Urban Dictionary (don't ask). Click an empty space at the top, choose customize and you can drag the search bar into the customize box (and of course put it back at any time).

To search Google for, say, "geraniums" I just type g geraniums in the address bar and enter, the same applies for the other search engines. It gives me a longer search bar, especially as I have the "hover over link" showing on the right side of it, and gives me a sightly neater and minimalistic looking UI.
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Re: Removing the Search Bar

Post by dark_moon » 2012-05-21, 17:04

Yeah i set some key words too.

b for www.bing.com
d for www.dict.cc
m for www.metal-archives.com
i for www.imdb.com
w for https://de.wikipedia.org
g for https://startpage.com
y for https://www.youtube.com

This is realy nice and fast. Maybe i remove the search bar too.

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Re: Removing the Search Bar

Post by Lootyhoof » 2012-05-21, 19:19

Another option would be to use the Omnibar extension, which fuses the search and address bars together. That way, to use a particular search engine, you can just click the favicon, the same as with the search bar. This favicon can be removed if you wish, though.

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Re: Removing the Search Bar

Post by Pnume » 2012-05-22, 05:53

Rohugh wrote:I removed the search bar and now use the address bar (navigation bar, location bar or whatever you call it) with key words to search, or rather a letter.

Firstly click the search bar dropdown, highlight the site in the list with a click and choose "edit keyword". I only have a few sites on it so it was not too difficult - g for Google, d for dictionary, w for Wikipedia and u for Urban Dictionary (don't ask). Click an empty space at the top, choose customize and you can drag the search bar into the customize box (and of course put it back at any time).

To search Google for, say, "geraniums" I just type g geraniums in the address bar and enter, the same applies for the other search engines. It gives me a longer search bar, especially as I have the "hover over link" showing on the right side of it, and gives me a sightly neater and minimalistic looking UI.
I've been doing this for ages. The search bar is useless to me and always has been as all I ever use to search for things is Google.

I wish Mozilla would just remove the bar by default. They might eventually . . .

I've been:
  • Hiding the search bar
  • Hiding the menu bar
  • Combining the start and reload buttons
  • Hiding the status bar
. . . All before Mozilla started setting their browser to do this by default or giving us the option to do it ourselves without having to download third-party add-ons. :thumbup:

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Re: Removing the Search Bar

Post by Rohugh » 2012-05-22, 10:31

Pnume wrote: I wish Mozilla would just remove the bar by default. They might eventually . . .
One of the major advantages of PM/FF is its add-ons and customization, although many times an add-on is just an easy way of doing something that can already be done in the browser. The majority of users will download a browser and use it as it is which makes things like the search box and status bar a useful addition. It is left to those like us who have specific needs from it, who have an interest in a particular UI look or those who just enjoy having a play around to change the browser to suit.

Let them add the stuff at start up, let us mess with it later. :D
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Re: Removing the Search Bar

Post by Night Wing » 2012-05-22, 11:46

Pnume wrote:I've been:
  • Hiding the search bar
  • Hiding the menu bar
  • Combining the start and reload buttons
As a non-technical person, I also do the three items listed above.
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Re: Removing the Search Bar

Post by jumba » 2012-05-22, 13:41

For key words on awesome bar, there is also the add-on Instant Fox, which basically helps to set own keywords and enables "instant" search, like google has, for all custom search engine.

I only have nav bar and tab bar, with some add-ons and toolbar buttons.

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