Firefox apostrophe (') find dialogue dilemma

By Nostradamus
Oct 2, 2006
  1. Within Firefox I was trying to type something with an apostrophe (') in it, and the find bar popped up. So I couldn't type anything with my favorite contraction-making, possessive-assigning piece of punctuation. By accident, I found that typing an apostrophe (') into the find box enabled me to type an apostrophe elsewhere. I also found this to be true of other letters.

    I'm happy to find a quick fix; however, I'd rather like to know if there is a feature I can just disable without deleting files or rewriting script. Maybe there's a patch of which I'm unaware.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You can try all kinds of things (google firefox apostrophe find disable for example). None worked for me. Luckily I am an Opera user :)
  3. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Thanks anyway. I hadn't found anything in the options. Oddly enough, it seems not to be a problem today. I don't understand.
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Give this a try.

    In the address bar type about:config

    Navigate to accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar This entry should be set to a default value of 1. If it`s set to anything else right click on the entry and select reset. This should set the value to 1.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Well, it was assigned to 0. Now it is assigned to 1.

    I only know that it did not re-create the problem, as it seemed to subside on its own perhaps due to my recent string of extension installation. Just the same, I'm much more at ease thinking--even thinking wrongly, which I don't believe to be the case--that the problem won't resurface. Thanks.
  6. Bluemouse

    Bluemouse TS Rookie Posts: 195

    The apostrophe only brings up the find box when the focus is on an html page. If you are in a text box or typing it doesnt come up at all.

  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    It can come up even in a text box if the accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar entry is set to the wrong value.

    There`s plenty of info about this HERE. That`s where I found the possible fix, it`s on the last page of the thread.

    Regards Howard :)
  8. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    The error still hasn't resurfaced. This I like. As for the find box coming up, it did come up when I was in a text box. I first noticed it while typing an email using gmail just after I updated to a newer version of Firfox. After either installing a plugin or changing that value to 1 (or a combination thereof), things are running smoothly.

    (There were five extensions: FoxyTunes, Tab Mix Plus, Fasterfox, Gmail Manager, AutoBrowse.)
  9. leftpeg

    leftpeg TS Rookie

    I had this problem a few months ago, and fixed it with the setting in about:config. Then today it just resurfaced again. I didn't add any extensions or anything. I was just typing in a text box, and it suddenly started happening again. I'm guessing some sort of key combination set it, but I have no idea.
  10. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    I haven't noticed it in Firefox 2.0, in case that helps anybody.
  11. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Oh, it happened randomly again. In 2.0. So I don’t know. I had to reset the accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar value back to 1 again. Maybe it is some sort of key combination. Or my computer might just be wiggy.

    It occurred immediately after I closed a page using Adobe Acrobat, and I might have clicked around when I should have been waiting for it to Exit. (I thought it was going to lock up on me since I've had a lot of buggy things happening to me as of late.) Just in case that makes any difference.
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