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Windows 7: IE 9 Search Box Missing


11 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
 
 
IE 9 Search Box Missing

Just when I thought everything was OK with IE 9, I see that the search box is missing. I have assigned Google as the default search provider. I've experimented with both checking and unchecking the items in the search selection box lower left--still no search box.

What happened, and how do I get the search box to appear?

Thanks.



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11 Apr 2011   #2
Woz

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Steve Ballmer Signature (jealous???)
 
 

The address bar is now the search box.
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11 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

What search box? The address bar is the search box as well, type the search string there.
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11 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 (Retail)
 
 

I hope you like typing your search queries over and over again because that's what you'll end up doing in the IE9 address bar. Unlike the old search box where your last entry remains, the address bar will switch to the URL you went to forcing you to re-enter your last query if you want to search for it again.

I also like how typing a one-word search query into the address bar and hitting Enter causes the browser to put an http:// in front of the word and then time out instead of searching for it.

Or if you're really lucky it will autocomplete a URL you previously typed and go to that site instead of searching for the similar word you started to enter. Brilliant.

If you don't like all these new "features" you can install the Google toolbar and use that as your search box. For me it was like a trip down memory lane to have that back on my machine again.
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11 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
 
 

OK. I want a separate search box. Period. I give up. How do I install the Google toolbar? And just in case, how do I uninstall IE9 and go back to IE8?

Thanks.
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11 Apr 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Arthur,

If you would like to try searching in IE9 in the address bar instead. The tutorial below can help show you how to use it.

Internet Explorer 9 - Search


If you still wish to uninstall IE9, then the tutorial below will show you how to.

Internet Explorer 9 - Uninstall

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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11 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I have to agree with Carnivore.

The new search functionality is not the same as IE 8 AT ALL. It has been severely crippled for any kind of serious use The IE8 search box was just about perfect. Fast to use across multiple search providers, never have to retype searches when needing to change a word, even worked as the "find on this page" box.

IE 9 has caused me to have to cut and past and retype my searches ad nausium. It was a giant step backwards in functionality.

I'm really starting to hate all this "Dumbed down", "Streamlined" stuff. It works fine for the first day of use when "learning" something, then does nothing but get in the way for every day of actual use after that...

I like the html5 and hardware accelleration of IE 9 but please give me back my IE 8 interface!
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11 Apr 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

One of the reasons I'm still using Firefox/Minefield instead of IE9.
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11 Apr 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
 
 

Thanks, Shawn. Good links!

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One of the reasons I'm still using Firefox/Minefield instead of IE9.
Firefox is my default browser. I just wanted to test out IE9. It's disappointing.
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