Switching off Firefox’s Quick Find

The quickfind feature in Firefox has been annoying me today: I wasn’t able to type apostrophes in my blog form, and it also affected cut-and-paste.

So I turned it off.

  1. In Firefox go to about:config
  2. Right-click and select New > Boolean
  3. Enter searchkeys.disable.all
  4. Set it to true

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

6 thoughts on “Switching off Firefox’s Quick Find”

  1. This is making me want to ditch FF. I did the about:config entry, but it keeps coming back. I check about:config and it is set to true. I set it to false and then back to true and it is off again until I restart the browser – then it is screwy again. (for the reader`s benefit, I tried to use the apostrophe twice while writing this entry – arrow keys and copy-paste don`t work or the slash aaah I gotta stop typing. This is annoying the hell out of me.)

  2. edit>preferences

    under the advanced ‘general’ tab is a checked box that reads “search for text when i start typing”. un clicking that will disable quick find.

    1. This worked for me, but it was already off. I toggled it on, clicked ok, then toggled it off, and clicked ok, and it works now =)

      I wasn’t happy that I couldn’t use contractions, thanks, good sir.

  3. For me (Windows XP Professional SP3) that setting is under “Tools > Options…” rather than “Edit > Preferences”.

    (Is Edit > Preferences a Mac option?)

    I guess that feature was moved into the options/preferences in a later version than the one I documented here.

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