Steps how to reproduce with unofficial (from <http://seamonkey.callek.net/contrib/>) en-US SeaMonkey 2.44 Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64; rv:47.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/47.0 Build 20160608085536 (Default Classic Theme) on German WIN7 64bit: 1. Menu 'Edit → Preferences → Browser → Internet search' 2. Check "Open the Search tab in the Sidebar when a search is invoked" → close dialog 3. In Sidebar select address book and do a Web Search via URL bar » Results appear in TAB, but nothing happens in Sidebar 4. Menu 'Edit → Preferences → Browser → Internet search' 5. Uncheck "Open the Search tab in the Sidebar when a search is invoked" → close dialog 6. In Sidebar select address book and do a Web Search via URL bar » Results appear in TAB, but nothing happens in Sidebar a) The preference has no function at all b) That was different in old SM version (2.0) where we had the advanced sidebar search features c) Due to (a) my recommendation: simply drop this preference. d) We will have to check whether there are other "hidden" preferences for this (about config, ...)
On SM 2.48a1 (comm-central, build 20160802141413), when that preference is enabled, the sidebar does open (if it's not open already) and switch to the Search tab when a search is invoked from the location bar. On my custom build of SM 2.42 off comm-esr45, there is no change in the sidebar, regardless of the preference. In either case, I would be OK with removing the preference. Since search results no longer appear in the sidebar, I don't see any reason to open it up when performing a search.
(In reply to Isaac Schemm from comment #1) > On SM 2.48a1 (comm-central, build 20160802141413), when that preference is > enabled, the sidebar does open Not for me. What OS did you test? > I would be OK with removing the preference. I think that that preference lost it's right to exist when the "Advanced Search Options" were dropped.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
(In reply to Rainer Bielefeld from comment #2) > Not for me. What OS did you test? Windows 7 32-bit, using the installer: https://l10n.mozilla-community.org/~akalla/unofficial/seamonkey/nightly/latest-comm-central-windows32/seamonkey-2.48a1.en-US.win32.installer.exe Same happened on Windows 10 64-bit, with the same installer. I initiate the search by typing in the URL bar and clicking the "Search" button. The "Search ... for ..." option at the end of the autocomplete suggestions does not trigger it, nor does pressing Enter.
(In reply to Isaac Schemm from comment #3) I managed to reproduce your observation after I had moved the [Search] button from bookmarks Toolbar to the right end from Location Bar. Afterwards click on [Search] button opened Search Panel in Sidebar with [Search] button at any place. Strange!
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