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I used to open a new tab and in the URL bar type whatever I wanted to google search. I had some adware toolbar that screwed with some settings and now when I open a new tab there's a search page and when I start typing it goes into the webpage's search field instead of the address bar.

What I want is to press ctrl+t and type in what I want to google and press enter. Now I have to take my hands off the keyboard and use the mouse to select the URL bar at the top. How can I fix this?

If my question doesn't make sense feel free to say so and I'll upload screen shots. BTW I technically have Waterfox, not Firefox.

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  1. Open a new tab.

  2. Copy and paste about:config?filter=browser.newtab.url into the address bar and press Enter.

  3. Press "I'll be careful".

  4. Right-click on the browser.newtab.url preference and click "Reset" to set it to the default new page tab (the speed dial). Alternatively, double-click on the browser.newtab.url preference and specify your own website (like a search engine) or about:blank for a black page.

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You can press the F6 button on your keyboard - the address bar is also a search bar.

Or, pressing Ctrl+K goes to the search box at the top right of the browser.

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