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Instant Search vs Omnibox

  • I'm not the most proficient surfer so apologies if I've overlooked something.
    What are he advantages of an Instant Search over the Omnibox? I thought Omnibox was the evolution of the traditional URL/Address bar thus making Instant Search basically obsolete (Unless it can use a different SE ofcourse) Why is it there again?
    Anyway, I was hoping to find an option to remove the instant search bar
    I'd like the Omnibox to use DuckDuckGo and the Instant to use Google so If I could at least remove it then I'd replace it with a DDG Instant Search extension. Is this possible, can you use developer tools or scripts?

    Thanks.

  • @cb76 Instant Search allows you to do a search without needing to leave the page you are in.
    It can be useful, for exemple, to search the meaning of a word, the location of a place, etc while reading an article.

    Instant Search only appears when you use Alt + Space and vanishes when you hit ESC. Instant Search can be disabled in settings.

    It uses the same search engine used in the start page/speed dial search box. You can use a different search engine by using its keyword.

  • Funny, I use keyboard shortcuts all the time with my favorite programs yet haven't employed them for my browsing style whatsoever!

    No wonder I was oblivious to it's actual function so excuse me while I up my surf game a tad.

    Thank you @leocg.

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