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Instant search box gone?

  • i just updated to version 68.0.3618.46 and now the floating search box (alt+space) does not work anymore?

    That was THE feature that i deem superior to all other browsers and now it seems gone?

    If that should be the case i'm gonna stay on 67.0.3575.137 forever.

  • Why is there no instant search anymore since v68? 😰
    That's a key feature for me without them i wouldn't use Opera! 😕
    Opera bring it back please!!!🙏

  • @acidinmyfridge

    What exactly is a 'floating search box'? Does the Ctrl+F search not substitute it?

    Alt+Space is windows hotkey (window menu) since windows 3 or even earlier times, I don't think Opera had overwritten that (but I can't be sure either).

  • The feature was called Instant Search and Opera removed it.

  • @burnout426 do you know why the removed it? I thought that was a stand-out feature! Nother browser had that. I loved it, it was so convenient. Bring up search in the same tab/window without having to open anything else.

  • @donq it looked like this and allowed you to search (use search engine) while being in the same tab


  • @acidinmyfridge said in floating search box gone?:

    @burnout426 do you know why the removed it?

    No, not exactly. Just assume that not enough people used it.

    If you just used the "search in tabs" part of it, Opera has that now via ctrl + space or via the search button next to the minimize button, which replaces the recently-closed tabs button. (You can get recently-closed button back by disabling opera://flags/#search-in-open-tabs.)

  • @burnout426 what a shame, honestly. I thought that feature to be one of the best.
    I used it only to bring up the instant search, never used it for the "search the tabs" part of it.

    The convenience of having instant search in a floating omnibox in the same tab was tremendous. Less clicking / less movement, not having to open another tab/window/side panel, that was the whole genius point of it. It was perfect.

    I guess i won't update opera anymore in order to be able to continue using the instant Search feature.

  • @acidinmyfridge Agreed with you! No other browser have this amazing feature and i love it! That's a absolutely downgrade 😞
    Honestly Opera has a lot of nice features (workspace, adblocker,...) but i think all of this can be possible with other browsers too.
    I will stay on v67 and may the feature comes back 🙏

  • @burnout426 This is correct, we could see from our statistics that the number of users actually using Instant Search was negligible, even despite its prominent place in the Sidebar and various attempts to hint users at its existence.

    However, we got a lot of positive comments about the 'Search in Tabs' associated feature which was until now a more hidden part of Instant Search.

    That's why we have - with some regret - removed Instant Search, but kept (and made more prominent) the search-in-tabs feature.

    @pilgi3 I'm sorry, sometimes hard decisions need to be taken. I hope you'll still enjoy Opera's other features. And I'm also hoping that maybe an extension developer feels like reviving a floating search bar as an extension 🙂

  • @avl could it be still enabled in flags? I would so love to continue using instant search!
    That's my main feature that makes Opera superior to all other browsers.

    Having to open a new tab/sidepanel/window to search something is such a downgrade.
    Exactly for that: NOT having to click more and switch between tabs and such made the instant search so excellent and a must have feature imho.
    Now i have to resort to open a new tab every time i want to look something up. That's so backwards. It was great when i could do that without leaving my active tab.

    I'm not gonna update anymore so i can continue using instant search.

    EDIT: if anybody should make a floating search bar extension, or knows about one: please tag me. I'd love to have that.

  • @avl sorry, but Search in Tabs is pretty useless unless you open dozens of tabs. I never used it in Instant Search.

    Instant Search is a great feature, I used it a lot and should not have been removed, but improved.

    I think despite all your efforts, the users didn't use them because they didn't know it was there. Instant Search improves productivity so much I bet no one dropped using it after knowing about it.

  • So how to open recently closed tabs now?

  • @Prosper1 Off-Topic but you can do it in Menu > History.

  • can we please have it put back? I really liked it. Please?

  • Not the same, but you can hit alt + d (or ctrl + l) to focus the address field, type your search and hit alt + enter. Then, you can hit ctrl + w to close the search result page when you're done to go back to where you were.

    Of course, you can just do ctrl + t, type, press enter and do ctrl + w after that instead if that's easier. Again, not the same, but...

  • Instant search was easily the best thing about Opera. Honestly, what's the difference between any of the modern browsers? That it was discontinued "because not enough people used it" speaks to how decisions are made in developing software these days. How many people are enough?

    It's the same reason I can't move the hamburger menu in Firefox from the right to the left, and why the Lightning extension sometimes vanishes when Thunderbird is updated. Software is developed to make it easier for the developers, and not the users.

    An Instagram extension? Who is kidding who? How many Instagram users use Opera?

  • i don't see why we can't have both.

  • A lot of people complaining about the "Instant Search" function that was removed. I recently changed to Opera because of the Instant Search. Please, bring ir back, people already missing it. I'll probably get back to safari/Chrome...

  • @diegosdf i'm staying on v67 and won't be updating anymore.
    Instant search is THE feature that makes Opera superior to all other browsers. It's convenient and outstanding in so many ways.

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