The community Taskforce initiative has now come to a close.
Thanks to everyone who made thoughtful and genuine contributions to the website.
All submissions will be kept publically available for the forseeable future for reference purposes.

This website is part of the community Taskforce initiative

Submission details

7 +15/-8 votes

Internet Explorer: Combine search and address bar

Submitted by .Chris on January 22, 2010 to Aesthetics, Usability

suggestion for IE9:

Combine both the search and address bar. User wants to search for something, they can just type it in and it will go to the search engine of their choice.

Low

Low

Not fixed

Discussion (11 comments)

Stranger wrote on January 22, 2010, 8:28pm

Too soon, this is like a copy of Google Chrome and then-Firefox.

I still +1. Though I hate U.

Calum.Cook wrote on January 22, 2010, 8:50pm

But then IE won't be consistent with Windows Explorer.

.Chris wrote on January 22, 2010, 8:52pm

I don't think it should though. It should be separate, after all the EU pushed Microsoft to develop a "browser ballot" screen.

Indrek wrote on January 22, 2010, 9:35pm

I'm not sure about this. How would the new combined bar facilitate searching history, favourites etc?

.Chris wrote on January 22, 2010, 9:36pm

Good question. I'm not sure my self, but perhaps someone else has an idea.

patternjake wrote on January 23, 2010, 2:30am

I agree with this one. You do not need two boxes for search and addresses. Should be the default in IE9, merge the functionality together.

seoman wrote on January 26, 2010, 11:53pm

I really hate searching from the adressbar.

If you make a typing error it takes even longer before you get the proper feedback.

.Chris wrote on January 26, 2010, 11:59pm

How so? not any more different from a spelling mistake in the search box

seoman wrote on January 27, 2010, 12:52am

Well if i'm trying an url i might only want to change 1 letter or the land code.

If IE finds out it's a dead end it start searching and wait for hits.
Hits that just might be nearly appropriate. (mostly dumb search sites or stores)
All waisted time and a bad signal to the seach engines wich thinks it hits (what a laugh) and even earning money with the garbage they throw at me!

No, if i wanna dig thru garbage i'll use the search tool!

bernard wrote on February 21, 2010, 10:52am

I wouldn't like this, but some people might.

Therefore, make it optional.

formula_86 wrote on November 14, 2010, 7:12pm

Well, guess what? IE9, (even though it is only beta) now DOES have the combine search and address bar! :)

You might also be interested in...