I often select something I want to google with the mouse (no [ctrl-c], I'm on X11/Linux), so I can paste it into the search engine box in firefox. However, there's usually already something in there from a previous search, so I can't just paste it. This sits in my way all the time, so here's my question:

Is there a way to clear the search form as soon as I hit [enter]? So it'll be empty for the next time I search for something?

On Linux, I find that the [ctrl-c] ... [ctrl-v] should not be neccessary in that case, as it forces me to move the hand back to the keyboard (i'm left-handed).

This would also be helpful in cases I did google something that I don't want others to see. It's easy to forget that your last search is still up there, despite you closed the tab already.


The addon Searchload options does this.

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    Sadly, this add-on was removed by its author in 2015. – Chad Nouis Dec 31 '15 at 15:03

Clear Search 2 addon does exactly what you want. Its description:

Clears the search bar after you perform a search, getting the old query out of the way. Useful for quickly pasting text into it, or for keeping your most recent query hidden.


Due to removal of support for old-style (XUL) Add-Ons since FF-57+ "Quantum" all above mentioned plugins are no longer compatible with current versions of FF.

Unfortunately the request has been declined (in Bugzilla 1418024) to add the required functionality for implementation of such a feature thru the new "web extension" API of FF (cf. explanations at StackOverflow).

However, there is on going discussion whether the requested feature should be added as a configurable option of FF in Bugzilla 253331.

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