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Windows 7: ? Mark in Address Bar


31 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
? Mark in Address Bar

Using IE9 and Windows 7 Pro fully updated.

When I type in and address into the address box in IE9 I get a ? Mark in front of the address.

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How do I fix this? This started about a month ago. With the ? mark there is will NOT go to the address typed in.



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31 Dec 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Huffman,

The question mark in the address bar of IE9 is to do a search for whatever you type after it.

You should be able to backspace to remove the question mark to be able to use the address bar to type in a URL instead.

Internet Explorer 9 - Search

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

I am not wanting to do a search. I want it to go to that address.

The ? mark is something that only started about a month ago and a PITA.

I will give your suggest a try. Thank you
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02 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

I have tried everything I know to remove the search feature that creates the ? mark.

What puzzles me is that even if I remove the ? after it is created, it will return as soon as I click on Go

It is not funny because I can NOT type in any address and go to that site.
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02 Jan 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Odd. Usually you would have to type the ? instead if it being there by default.

You might see if disabling all your search providers and search suggestions in IE may stop this.
Internet Explorer Search Suggestions - Enable or Disable
If that doesn't help, then you could try completely resetting IE.
Internet Explorer - Reset
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03 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Right now here are my search providers:

? Mark in Address Bar-ie9.jpg

I use Google Search exclusively to search and it works great; I don't want or need IE to search from the address bar.


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03 Jan 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

If you select each search provider in the right pane, there should be a Search in the address bar box in the bottom pane of them to uncheck to see if that may help.

Even so, I never had it have the ? in the address bar for me by default.

If that doesn't help, then reset IE to see if that may. You can always re-enable any toolbar, add-on, search provider, etc... one by one afterwards to see if one may be the culprit.
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04 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Problem solved. I finally read all the on page Manage Add-On --> Search Providers. At the bottom of that page the box was checked for "Search in Address Bar" and I unchecked it and now I am back to where I want to be.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys.
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04 Jan 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome. Great news.
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