Workaround for broken Firefox typeaheadfind.enabletimeout setting

UPDATE: The timeout feature is even more broken, if possible; these workarounds will no longer work. Using Firefox 10.

After several versions, Mozilla still has not fixed the accessibility.typeaheadfind.enabletimeout setting related to linksonly. If it worked, setting it to false would keep the Find bar at the bottom of your screen until you pressed Escape. But setting it to false does nothing, which is potentially unfortunate for people who type very slowly or use switch scanning keyboards to access links. The timeout persists no matter what. You will have to select the accessibility.typeaheadfind.timeout entry, right click it or press Shift F10, select Modify and enter a very high number.

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3 Responses to Workaround for broken Firefox typeaheadfind.enabletimeout setting

  1. Eddy says:

    I just hate how they broke quick search and introduced this crappy feature which is broken on so many levels. If I want to search multiple words it breaks before or even getting to the second word.

    Neither disabling, nor putting an absurdly high number doesn’t fix this.

    I used to use quicksearch (search via ‘/’), but now is unusable.

  2. hand2mouth says:

    Ugh. You’re right; they seem to have made it worse this time out. (Using Firefox 10.) I hadn’t noticed because I’ve been using Dragon which is pretty quick, but… Man.

  3. hand2mouth says:

    If you use Control F, the Find bar will stay up longer. Not as efficient as the /, though.

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