I search on Google a lot. I find it very annoying to have to move my mouse to the search box and click once so that I can input another search term.
I did Google for some time, but no one seems to be quite as annoyed with this, surprisingly.
I'm using Firefox 8 and Chrome 16, on Windows 7.
If you know Atlassian Confluence, you might probably know that pressing / will move input focus to the upper right search box, very convenient for a keyboard shortcut hobbyist . Try it here.
According to slhck's statement. I tried it on several PCs(5+, including virtual machine). The strange thing is that only one of them exhibits the stated behavior. Others(I call them dumb ones) exhibit a weird behavior. Even if I select Always show instant result and save, it reverts to Only when my computer is fast enough, and the keyboard navigation still does not work.
Poking around for some moment, I finally managed to make it work. The trick is: Select Never show instant result , save, then select Always show instant result again. Now it remains there and keyboard navigation works .
Confirmed on Chrome and Firefox, and Windows 7 IE8.
Anyway, don't you think there should be a keyboard shortcut(or any key) to jump to search box no matter instant predication is on or off?