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I'm using Firefox 3.5.1 on a Mac and the search bar seems to have stopped responding to the "enter" key. I can type searches, and it will even "find as I type", but hitting "enter" doesn't do anything, no search is performed.

Have you had this problem? Is there an explanation, solution or workaround to it?

  • I deleted Firefox from the applications folder and reinstalled it, but the problem remains.
  • I don't run any add-ons or plugins.
  • I discovered that the box reacts to "enter" if it is empty, but as soon as I have entered some text nothing happens.
  • The equivalent search box in Safari works fine.
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Reinstalling Mac OS fixed the issue, but I am not any wiser about what caused it in the first place. Reinstalling the OS seems a bit drastic to be a real "solution" so I'll leave the question unanswered. – Console Sep 7 '09 at 9:39
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I deleted

  • search.json
  • search.sqlite

from the Firefox profile on Mac OS X 10.7.4 with Firefox 15.01. Problem solved.

See also this Mozilla support forums thread on the same issue.

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I was able to resolve this with a little less work than Reinstalling the OS. Here's what I did (It's likely not every one of these steps is necessary):

  1. Delete the Firefox application
  2. Delete the "/Users/yourusername/Library/Application Support/Firefox" directory
  3. Delete the "/Users/yourusername/Library/Application Support/Mozilla" directory
  4. Delete the "/Users/yourusername/Library/Caches/Firefox" directory
  5. Delete the "/Library/Application\ Support/Mozilla" directory
  6. Delete the "/Library/Application\ Support/Mozilla" directory

Just to be sure, I then did a search for Firefox and Mozilla to make sure no directories or anything that looked like a preference storage was still present.

Finally, I reinstalled Firefox from the same dmg I'd used to install it last

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In the regular Find (CmdF) field, finds the next occurrence.

However, if you are using "Quick Find" (by typing /, or just typing search text, depending on your configuration), is passed on to the newly focused content.

For example, if you Quick Find some text that is found as part of a link, then pressing Enter will follow that link. CmdG can be used to go to the next occurrence with either Find or Quick Find.

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I have not experienced this myself. I also can't find much on Google about the problem being reported.

I can only imagine that you need to remove and reinstall Firefox, or if you use add-ons disabling them all and then trying. You may have a add-on that is intercepting the enter key or something similar.

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