How to disable Search for text when you start typing in Firefox

Search engines collect information according to the terms of their privacy policy. So, depending on your preferences, you can enable or disable ‘Search for Text‘ as you start typing in Firefox. While browsing, if you come across a search suggestion that matches what you are trying to find, you can click on it to see results for that search term. This can save time. Besides, it helps you find what you’re looking for with less typing. If you don’t like it, you can simply turn it off.

Disable Search for text when you start typing in Firefox

Enabling search suggestions will send the keywords you type in a search field to the default search engine. Let us see the process to enable or disable Search for text when you start typing in Firefox in detail.

You can enable Search for Text in Firefox by checking the ‘Provide search suggestions’ box in your Firefox search settings. For this,

Click the menu button (visible as 3 horizontal bars) and select ‘Options’.

Search For Text

Alternatively, you can directly access the ‘Settings’ by clicking on the cog-wheel icon below the Menu.

Click on the ‘Search’ link in the left pane.

Disable Search for text when you start typing in Firefox

Then, under ‘Default Search Engine’ section, check ‘Provide Search Suggestions’ box.

Also, you can enable-

  • Show search suggestions in address bar results – Includes search suggestions in the results that are listed when you search from the Firefox address bar.
  • Show search suggestions ahead of browsing history in address bar results – This setting shows search suggestions before your browsing history.

To disable Search for Text in Firefox, simply un-check ‘Provide search suggestions’ box in your Firefox search settings.

Please note that the above method works for the browser in normal mode only.

In Private Browsing mode, the search suggestions are disabled by default. To enable it, you must explicitly turn them on in a Private Browsing window.

I hope this helps!

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