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why is there a text entry box when I start typing with the buddylist highlighted?

Its appears to open a text entry box that when entered into and return pressed serves no purpose?

Thanks for any reply.

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This text box is used as a quick method of searching your contacts. Type in the first few letters of a contact's name and they will automatically be highlighted in your Buddy List. Press enter to open a new IM tab with them.

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Thanks for this answer, thats clearly what its for! – Ralph Jul 12 '10 at 0:50

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