How to Disable the Search Bar in Firefox

By Jason Artman

Some prefer to use a search engine rather than the search bar.
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Firefox, like many Web browsers, has a search bar in the upper-right corner of the window. The search bar can be used to perform a search using the search engine of your choice without actually having to visit that website. If you only use one search engine and have that website configured as your homepage, you may prefer to search the Internet by using the Home button in your browser. It is easy to remove the Firefox search bar if you do not use it to search the Internet.

Right click the magnifying glass icon on the right side of the search bar and click "Customize."

Hover the mouse pointer over the search bar until the pointer turns into a hand.

Click and hold the search bar. Drag it into the open "Customize Toolbar" window, and drop it. The search bar will be removed immediately.

Click the "Done" button.


Many other elements of the Firefox interface can be customized with the same method as the one described in this article. Hover the mouse pointer over various elements of the user interface and look for the areas that cause the pointer to turn into a hand.