I was looking for a keyboard shortcut to close the find bar in Firefox 49.0 on Ubuntu and arrived to this question:

How to close the search box in Firefox with a keyboard shortcut when this box is out of focus?

However, for some reason Esc won't close the Find bar even if it has the focus. It's a bit annoying when one wants to refocus on the web content.

Is there any special setting I am not aware of that's preventing me from using the normal workflow?

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  • Use Find Bar Tweak. Hitting <ctrl>+<f> will toggle the find bar regardless of whether it has focus (on Windows anyway). – DavidPostill Oct 18 '16 at 10:56

For some reason Esc won't close the Find Bar even if it has the focus.

Download and install the Find Bar Tweak extension.

Pressing CtrlF will toggle the Find Bar regardless of whether it has focus.

Tested and working on Windows, I presume it will work on Linux as well.

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  • This also works great with Vimperator installed - that grabs the ESC and stops the bar from closing. – jamesc Oct 22 '16 at 17:58
  • @jamesc Great! :) – DavidPostill Oct 22 '16 at 17:59

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