The checkbox to allow searching in the address bar in IE 9 is unchecked and greyed out. Is there any other way to enable it?
There is a group policy to disable searching from the Address Bar, it's been around since IE7, and it may (haven't tested personally) have the affect you're seeing on IE9:
You can check its status by running
You can find the GP setting in
If your computer is part of a company domain network, then you'll have to talk to the company IT folks to get them to set the policy to something other than "Do not search from the Address bar". If not, yet it's set for some reason, you should be able to use