IE7 Default Search Engine From Address Bar

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Steve T, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. Steve T

    Steve T Guest

    While troubleshooting a different issue, I cleared temp internet files,
    history and cookies. Now I don't know if this is a coincidence or not, I can
    no longer search from the address bar. I have to use the little search
    window next to the address bar. When I try from the address bar, I get the
    screen that says The Address is Invalid. It is automatically putting http://
    in front of the search word(s). I am only pressing enter. I am not doing
    shift enter. What did I do and how do I get this fuctionality back?

    Windows Vista Home Premium SP1
    IE 7


    Steve T, Sep 24, 2008
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  2. Why are you doing that? Why not use the Search bar? E.g. press Ctrl-e

    In any case are you signalling your search by starting with question mark space (? )
    (or any of the other equivalent so-called "Address bar shortcuts"--go, find--
    documented in the F1 Help--they actually work--who knew?)

    Do you in fact have Search from the Address bar enabled?
    (Hint: via Options, Advanced tab, Search from the Address bar section)

    BTW it's probably Ctrl-Enter that you are thinking of as the special Enter
    which creates www URLs from just domain names.


    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Sep 25, 2008
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  3. Steve T

    ju.c Guest


    1. In IE, open 'Tools->Internet Options'.

    2. Select the Advanced tab and scroll down to
    "Search from the Address Bar" then select
    "Just display the results in the main window"

    3. Click Apply, OK.

    4. To search without using special key
    combinations just type a question mark at the
    beginning, like this: ? pizza

    ju.c, Sep 25, 2008
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