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Google search box - why so small?

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SpiderJon

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Post Posted June 18th, 2004, 1:30 am

Why is Google search box - at top-right of browser - so incredibly small? (It's just 16 chars).

It doesn't seem to be resizable, and you can't move it to a toolbar of its own below the address box.

As a result it's next to useless, which is a pity.

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Post Posted June 18th, 2004, 4:41 am

http://texturizer.net/firefox/tips.html ... rchbarsize
You can edit you userchrome to make it wider.

SpiderJon

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Post Posted June 18th, 2004, 4:49 am

Excellent - thanks croketephji.

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Post Posted June 18th, 2004, 9:38 am

"Next to useless" seems a pretty strong reaction. What the heck are you trying to enter?
Try using keywords, so you can enter "g abnormally long search string that I must see in its entirety" in the address bar.

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Post Posted June 19th, 2004, 2:02 am

brianiac wrote:"Next to useless" seems a pretty strong reaction. What the heck are you trying to enter?
Try using keywords, so you can enter "g abnormally long search string that I must see in its entirety" in the address bar.
What I want to enter depends on what I'm searching for. But one or at most two words is not enough when you're trying to focus a search on something specific.

Using the address bar isn't a bad idea - having it serve dual-purpose is okay - but since they've gone to the trouble of having a dedicated search box, it may as well be user-configurable w/o having to edit config files (I'm fine with doing that, but I suspect a lot of users are not).

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Post Posted June 19th, 2004, 8:24 am

I agree with SpiderJon I think I like the design Mozilla Suite uses where the address bar is also the search. Howevr I also like Firefox in the fact that I can have multiple seach engines...
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Post Posted June 19th, 2004, 9:35 am

Hi SpiderJon

The page listed below tells you how to change the address bar query in Firefox to a standard google search from an I'm feeling lucky search, once this is done you can hit Customize & remove the search bar completely, freeing up screen space & giving you a very large box to do searches with.

http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showpos ... ostcount=1
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Post Posted June 19th, 2004, 10:13 am

It is interesting as when I first started using this two box approch with one being for search I hated it as I thought they sould have justa as easily put it in the same space with a drop down to choose you engine etc. But now I rather like it as what ever you enter says there so whil on one page you can enter your search term or phrase then just do a CTRL-T and it stays the for your new tab.

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Post Posted June 19th, 2004, 10:17 am

Check out the Google toolbar extension as well. You lose a little real estate devoted to the extra toolbar, but you gain a resizeble search box, search history, and direct access to google search features.

You'll find a link to the google toolbar on the Firefox extensions page.

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Post Posted June 20th, 2004, 3:11 am

Gonz wrote:Hi SpiderJon

The page listed below tells you how to change the address bar query in Firefox to a standard google search from an I'm feeling lucky search, once this is done you can hit Customize & remove the search bar completely, freeing up screen space & giving you a very large box to do searches with.

http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showpos ... ostcount=1


Thanks Gonz - may well try this, although having resized the Search box has already made it as lot more usable for me.

SJ

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Post Posted June 20th, 2004, 4:41 am

Gonz wrote:Hi SpiderJon

The page listed below tells you how to change the address bar query in Firefox to a standard google search from an I'm feeling lucky search, once this is done you can hit Customize & remove the search bar completely, freeing up screen space & giving you a very large box to do searches with.

http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showpos ... ostcount=1

last I checked, however, doing it this way does not allow searching say like this "css site:w3schools.com"
instead of searching it will try to find that site - which of course doesn't exist

what I personally use is a google search bookmarklet
Firefox 0.9 comes with one pre-installed

you just want a bookmark for "http://www.google.com/search?&q=%s&sourceid=firefox"
mine has the keyword "?"

so whenever I want to google search, I just hit CTRL+L (to go to location bar) then type "? whatever" and I can still use "? whatever site:mozilla.org"

without the ? and no TLD, it'll still default to google's I'm feeling lucky

you can also use this for things like dictionary search (which also comes pre-installed)

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