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Instant search box gone?

  • The Trufflepiggy extension sort of does the same thing as Instant Search. You can click the icon in the toolbar, and it loads a floating search box on the current page. It's not very minimal or pretty, but it does work. No way to move the icon to the sidebar, though.

    There's also a Chrome and Firefox extension called Sidebar+, but I haven't been able to get it to work in Opera, Chrome or Firefox.

  • I have never ever used Alt+space as an windows shortcut there are no native shortcuts ..... there is no property Windows only !!!! So all you use that one please behave ok ? There is only one native windows key !!! and it was never overwritten it has dedicated logo too. For me please Opera bring instant search back. It was so so good.

    ALT ... google
    CTRL ... tabs for me it is amazing solution and I bet there are thousands of guys using it

    but a couple of tech geeks that can argue on forums well bring wrong impressions about using it. or make it easily disable friendly for them. For the rest of us please bring it back.

  • @avl this is such a lie.... It was removed only because tech geeks using alt space for opening menu.... so so lame I have never used that ever. And I bet that its even more negligible than instant search. So please bring it back and make it easily disable-able ... There are easily 20 shortcuts that use people much much less and still are possible in Opera. So pleas stop lying to us.

  • Any way to bring back Win alt+space bar quick google search option? Can't find that after v68 update.

  • @winecurmudgeon said in Instant search box gone?:

    Trufflepiggy

    Thank you for mentioning this, will try it out. For now i will be staying on v67 though, so i can continue using instant search.

  • @sagardakua007 that was instant search and used keys for alt+space.
    roll back to v67, when you read a bit more up in this thread, it says it has been removed due to not enough people using it.

  • well can it be brought back please?

  • @avl why not both can exist at the same time? why it has to be one or the other? instant search feature should be enhanced in my honest opinion. we should be able to search in tabs, bookmarks, history, extensions, under the hood shortcuts, web search with custom search engines, etc.

    another option I can think of -and I believe this can be a bit more sustainable in your part; is using the enhanced address bar in a similar way. like how firefox did. you can make it bigger on focus and look (maybe) and behave similarly to the spotlight in macos? I really liked the enhanced address bar and maybe it can become a very cool feature and make everyone happy?

  • @avl Are you sure you analyzed the data correctly? The most useful usage of instant search was not clicking through at all - so there is a chance you overlooked the true usage metrics of the feature.

    e.g. using google to translate, do calculations, or getting an answer straight on the Google feed without clicking through.... That was the true power of instant search but it's hard to measure as there are no clicks to analyze.

  • @Product-Manager I could even clear all my doubts while watching a fullscreen video. It was the dream.

  • Why the google Instant search was removed, in version 68?
    I use it a lot.

  • @jhoguinal google is evil

  • the alt space shortcut open a windows menu 😞
    i cant find in the configuration the option instant search neither to reconfigure the shortcut

  • Awww, seriously? Instant Search was the best Being able to alt+space to lookup a word or whatever else was seriously so convenient. I really, really hope it gets brought back. Would love to see it integrated with Tab Search, as some users are suggesting. Until then, I'm seeeriously considering staying at v67 until I hear that it's back. Gosh, I'm so bummed.

  • Please bring this feature back or atleast give an option to enable and disable via flags.
    This was the best thing about Opera.

  • @avl we need instant search back. at last, put a shortcut (TAB KEY for example) in search-in-tabs, to revive this awesome feature.
    Its inacceptable 😞

  • @avl Its a shame its gone, you already see these many people complaining that search-in-tabs is more useless compared to instant search. A standalone feature like that should not be removed. We the users want it, I use it on a daily basis and if not for it, opera is pretty meaningless. Honestly I use sidebar and VPN less than the instant search.

  • I'm using Firefox now. My muscle memory for instant search was the only thing holding me back, but now that that's gone, I might as well just use a browser that's more widely supported.

  • @avl thanks for let me know you're ruing the experience, moving out to an older version and block autoupdates

  • @federr7 same here. Staying on v67 and blocking auto-update.

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