Open Bug 1513459 Opened 5 years ago Updated 3 years ago
The "Provide search suggestions" preference wording/placement is misleading
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/60.0 Steps to reproduce: In the preferences on the 'Search' page under 'Default Search Engine', I unticked 'Provide search suggestions'. I then attempted to use a keyword search which should have provided suggestions. Actual results: Search suggestions for all providers, accessed with keywords, were disabled. Expected results: This behaviour is sort of okay since there does need to be a global way to disable search suggestions for the truly paranoid, but there are two problems: 1. The structure of the preferences page is misleading. The options controlling search suggestions are under 'Default Search Engine' but they actually affect everything. A user who was more trusting of what the UI says and less inclined to experiment could be quite frustrated by this. 2. I would like to be able to disable suggestions going to the default search engine while still having suggestions for keyword searches, for privacy purposes: I don't want Google seeing all my keystrokes while I use the omnibox to look for a tab I have open, but I definitely do want search suggestions when I am about to fire off a Google search. There's a silly workaround for this: I added a dummy search engine that will never hit the network and set that to be the default. But that's quite obviously a hack and I'd love to be able to ditch it. I would suggest making it a tripartite toggle: no search suggestions / search suggestions for keywords only / search suggestions for everything in the omnibox. This might also provide a good place for a little blurb reminding users that suggestions will hit the network and the privacy implications.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Priority: -- → P5
Summary: No way to only have search suggestions for keywords → No way to only have search suggestions for keywords, and the "Provide search suggestions" preference wording/placement is misleading
Component: Search → Address Bar
Summary: No way to only have search suggestions for keywords, and the "Provide search suggestions" preference wording/placement is misleading → The "Provide search suggestions" preference wording/placement is misleading
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