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After Firefox broke my add-ons yet again, I decided to give Chrome a second look. To my surprise all the add-ons are available.

What I am missing though is the drop-down search bar. First, I've disabled the search from the location bar.

Now I want to add a combo box that is always visible where I can select the engine to do searching. I downloaded a search extension (Search Box), but it's an icon that needs to be clicked before you can interact with it:

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TL;DR;

I want a box that is always visible and can change the search engine from a drop-down. Is there an extension like this available in Chrome?

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Have you considered adding short keywords for the different search engines? For example, if you specify "yt" for YouTube, you should be able to type yt and press Tab to search only YouTube. –  Karan Oct 18 '12 at 15:47
    
That's not a bad idea, though still more typing. Typically I'll be doing a number of amazon,ebay, etc searches and having the bar always there is easier. I use the bar to search, not the site. –  rhooligan Oct 18 '12 at 16:32
    
Firefox didn't break your add-ons. The add-on developer did by not maintaining it. They have ample time and notice to do such things. –  Rob Oct 28 '12 at 15:14
    
@Rob Yeah, it's clearly a bad move on Mozilla part. Mozilla shouldn't be counting on the fact that developers of FREE plugins will have time to keep up with the rapid release cycles. I know I sure as hell wouldn't want to constantly maintain a code base just so it would keep working. –  rhooligan Oct 28 '12 at 15:34
    
As @Karan suggested, keywords are the way to go - here's a tutorial on lifehacker which shows how - lifehacker.com/5476033/… –  freethinker Oct 28 '12 at 16:38
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Just for information:

Forcing compatibility in Firefox 16.0.XX:

1 - Navigate to about:config

2 - Add new Boolean value (Right click, New > Boolean): For Firefox 16.0.1 : extensions.checkCompatibility.16.0

3 - Set the value to false

4 - Restart.

Just like that you have all your old add-ons working, but keep in mind that anything can go wrong. If it does, try disabling each add-on.

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