Windows 10: Remove Firefox Search Bar

  1.    14 Dec 2015 #1

    Remove Firefox Search Bar


    I didn't like the Firefox Search Bar. I rarely used it. It takes up valuable real estate that can be used by other ADD-ONS Icons.
    I Just do my searches directly in Bing or Google.

    To remove the Firefox Search Bar (this actually just moves it and stores it away, you can bring it back),

    -Click on the upper right menu icon (three lines).
    -Click CUSTOMIZE
    -Left Click, Hold and Drag the Firefox Search Bar down to the Additional Tools and Features area. It will be saved there in case you want to bring it back.
    -Click EXIT CUSTOMIZE.

    The Firefox Search Bar is now gone and the space can be used to add additional ADD-ONS Icons.

    If you want the Firefox Search Bar back, just drag it back to the original place after clicking CUSTOMIZE.
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  2.    07 Jan 2016 #2

    Antilope said: View Post
    I didn't like the Firefox Search Bar.
    -Left Click, Hold and Drag the Firefox Search Bar down to the Additional Tools and Features area.
    .
    If you're interested in saving screen real estate, and extra toolbar line doesn't do that.

    I drag the search bar to the toolbar menu at the top, to the right of "Help".

    And ... I still cannot figure out how to get rid of that awful Bing search engine.
    I remove it as an option in firefox, change my default to Google,
    and Bing comes bouncing back when firefox is restarted.

    I no longer consider this to be a Windows 10 issue ... it's a firefox issue.

    Anyone know how to stop this behaviour?
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  3.    07 Jan 2016 #3

    Resolved ... Windows 10 Build 10586.36
    firefox 43.04 chrome 47.0.2526.106


    dickdunbar said: View Post
    I no longer consider this to be a Windows 10 issue ... it's a firefox issue.
    Determined to find out how Bing was being restored in firefox,
    I used sysinternals "procmon" to trace firefox startup. Nothing Bing related showed up.

    After weeks of searching, I am now embarrassed to report:
    - Firefox plugin ( "Bing Search") and Chrome extension ("MSN Home Page and Bing Search") were causing this.
    - Remove these and reset the advanced search settings:
    * Remove Bing & Friends as search engines
    * Restore Google as default search
    - Test search is now using Google
    - Restart the browser.

    I am not concerned with Internet Explorer or Edge browsers because I never use them
    ( call me old fashioned, I don't like being pushed around ).

    If I need Active X functionality on a site, I use firefox/chrome AddOn "Fire IE" or "IE Tab"
    to render the site on firefox/chrome using the IE engine.

    I already purchased a late model Macbook Pro laptop to start my migration,
    but it involves exploring multiple ways I can keep my Windows purchased software
    running fast on OSX. It's a lot of work, but I am completely discouraged that Windows
    will ever restore stability, safety and speed to my work environment.

    Bye
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