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Some websites override the behavior of the '/' key in Firefox. Normally this opens the incremental search toolbar at the bottom of the page. But on some websites it places the cursor in a search box on the site itself. How can I prevent this?

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I guess an example website might help. – Arjan Feb 26 '10 at 13:35
Arjan: – grawity Feb 26 '10 at 14:33
Pressing the slash on works fine on my Mac. (I do have the keyconfig add-on installed, and the Nightly Tester Tools to enable that add-on; maybe that's keeping websites from stealing the keyboard shortcut then. But I did not explicitly map the slash, so I doubt that.) The question is not about websites that initially focus some input, right? – Arjan Feb 26 '10 at 14:43
Do you have another website? The keyboard shortcuts on can be disabled in Mail Settings -> General -> Keyboard Shortcuts which I have done (and possible @arjan has as well which is why he can't duplicate the issue either). – Matrix Mole Jul 2 '11 at 9:32
You can also use CTRL + F to open the seach box. ;-) – DiableNoir Jul 2 '11 at 16:07
up vote 1 down vote accepted

This Q is definitely addressed by the comments, so I'll rehash in a useful way:

You can disable gmail's shortcuts with Mail Settings -> General -> Keyboard Shortcuts if that's interferring.

You can always use ctrl+F or just the ' (apostrophe character) too.

If you have further examples, put some out there, but I haven't found this behavior.

Useful links:
Firefox's help on searching
Syntax to tweak your about:config data in Firefox here

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Another example: about every Confluence site in the world ;) – Gressie Oct 19 '11 at 8:53
Other examples: Twitter, Facebook (Messages), Rally. It's so absurd to me, because the only way anyone will discover this "feature" is by trying to use / for its usual purpose! The only people who are affected by this are the ones who are frustrated by it! – MikeFHay May 13 '13 at 10:23

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