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In IE9 there is no search box part of the toolbar anymore to search without going to a search page. I want to be able to search via the address bar.

When I was in IE8, I disabled searching via the address bar. This setting has transfered to my IE9. However, now I can't find the option to enable search via address bar in IE9. How do I enable it?

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Searches are completed via the address bar (its a combo address/search bar), anything typed will use youre default search provider which can be changed via the Tools menu option 'Manage Add-Ons' under the heading 'Search Providers'.

If the combo search function is not working, from the 'Manage Add-Ons' window heading 'Search Providers' verify the check box 'Search in the address bar' is checked.

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Nope, my address bar only works for URLs. Anything other than a real domain name does not work. E.g. blah turns into http://blah/ (page cannot be found). – Valamas Mar 15 '11 at 23:29
Seems you've lost the default behavior. From the Manage Add-Ons window under the Search Providers heading verify that 'Search in the address bar' is checked. – edusysadmin Mar 15 '11 at 23:32
thanks for that! If you post it as an answer, I will mark it as the correct one. – Valamas Mar 15 '11 at 23:40
@valamas - Edited the answer with the additional troubleshooting steps. – edusysadmin Mar 16 '11 at 1:11

Type a question mark in the address bar first to invoke searching.

So to search for "Super Users" you'd type in "?Super Users". I've found that makes the lack of a seperate search box more bareable. :)

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