Disable Apostrophe from Opening QuickFind Bar

In theory, the Quick Find bar should not activate when pressing the apostrophe (‘) and slash (/) keys when you are in a text-box. However, many users have reported that the Quick Find bar does activate when pressing the apostrophe (‘) and slash (/) keys even if they are in a text-box. There is an extension called SearchHotKeys that will disable the apostrophe (‘) and slash (/) keys from invoking the quick find bar. You can still invoke via CTRL+F. This should work for Firefox 2 and 3*. Follow these steps below:

  1. Go to http://www.nic-nac-project.org/~kaosmos/index-en.html#searchkeys
  2. Right-click and select ‘Save Link As…’ on the link for your version of Firefox (1.5/2.0/3.0)
  3. Make a note where you are saving the extension (hint: save to desktop)
  4. Open the add-ons manager via Tools, Add-ons
  5. Locate the file you downloaded in Step 3 and drag into the Add-ons Manager window to install
  6. Restart Firefox
  7. Open a new tab and in the address bar type about:config
  8. Click I’ll Be Careful, I Promise on the  ‘This Gun Is Loaded’ or ‘Void Your Warranty’ or any other warning
  9. In the Filter field type searchkeys.disable.all
  10. Doubleclick on entry to switch value to True

*Note with Firefox 3 you may not need to do steps 7-10 as it seems to automatically disable by default.

Update: 02/21/09 new link