Search suggestion drop-down - search box typing cursor problem

<hidden> anonymous
Created: 2 years and 7 months ago • Updated: 2 years and 7 months ago
I've noticed recently something has changed with duckduckgo which is a problem for me.

When typing into the main search box there is a search suggestion drop-down that appears. It is possible to scroll down through these search suggestions with the arrow keys so they auto-fill into the main search box. In the past when it did this the cursor would remain at the end of the string in the main search box allowing you to keep typing. This made it very quick to make use of search suggestions even if they were not completely correct or not the whole of what you wanted to search for.

For some reason this is no longer the case. I've tried with both firefox and internet explorer. When scrolling down through the search suggestions, while it does auto-fill to the main search box, the cursor disappears. All you can do is press "enter" to search for that exact string or use the mouse to click back into the search box to continue typing, - which is obviously much slower than being able to keep your hands on the keyboard.

I can't find any settings that could change this. Can it be fixed?

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anonymous
I have the exact same problem! Until this happened I didn't realize the search experience can be completely broken so easily. I guess I have to stick with Google until this gets fixed.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 7 months ago Link
caine
Can you confirm this is fixed?
posted by caine Staff2 years and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
In my case, the auto-fill won't give up. It keeps offering the same search and won't let me choose anything else. I have to close down and then re-open to try again. So disappointing. Now I have to go back to Google.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 7 months ago Link
andrey_p
Hi, that was part of an issue that we've now fixed. Sorry about any inconvenience caused and let us know if you run into any other problems.

Andrey
posted by andrey_p Staff2 years and 7 months ago Link
caine
Can you confirm this is fixed?
posted by caine Staff2 years and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
It looks like it's working fine for Firefox & Chrome, but still broken for internet explorer
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
Yes, excellent. It's working for me on both firefox and internet explorer.

Thank you so much!
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 7 months ago Link
anonymous
I have the same problem.. I typed in aarp in my first search and it kept bringing up a string of suggestions that were completely out of whack. It suggested aol and many other words starting with 'A' and wouldn't let me even type in aarp.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 7 months ago Link
andrey_p
Hi, thanks for reporting your issue. It was part of a separate problem as far as we're aware. It should be fixed now. If you run into similar problems again though, do let us know.

Andrey
posted by andrey_p Staff2 years and 7 months ago Link