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    More information in suggestions box (Fx3)

    When you type characters into the Google search entry box, a number of suggestions are offered.

    However, the number of characters in these historical offerings is usually insufficient to identify them.

    Is there are way of extending the number of characters in the offered suggestions?

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    Re: More information in suggestions box (Fx3)

    I wonder why you get suggestions and I do not. Is it a different search plugin? I think one would need to peek inside the plugin to see whether this is a configurable setting.

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    Re: More information in suggestions box (Fx3)

    Jefferson

    It's just the Google search bar! At work I have a slightly different toolbar layout, with the Google search box on a lower line, but I still get 'suggestions'...

    This is probably because I have almost all the Google toolbar Settings -> Options-> Search Box Settings options ticked?

    I think you're right that the feature is probably one that Google would have to fix, rather than Firefox...
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    Re: More information in suggestions box (Fx3)

    Try right-clicking on the search box and make sure that "Show Suggestions" is selected.

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    Re: More information in suggestions box (Fx3)

    I need to exercise my middle finger a bit more before posting. Thanks!

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    Re: More information in suggestions box (Fx3)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 14-Jul-08 13:26. )</P>Tony pointed out my error. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> The server-side script that Google uses to return the suggestion list (e.g., for chelt) is not at fault, so that points toward the design of the suggestion drop-down as the source of the truncation. The width of the suggestion list is proportional to the width of the search box, but it seems wasteful to dedicate white space to the word Suggestions rather than using the entire available space. I poked around briefly and could not find any documentation on the formula or any related preferences. Can't rule out a "hidden" preference for it, but nothing obvious to me.

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    Re: More information in suggestions box (Fx3)

    Not being real certain what you may be looking for, I do notice that the resulting panel of suggestions can be expanded if you wish. See attached pic.


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    Re: More information in suggestions box (Fx3)

    <img src=/S/hailpraise.gif border=0 alt=hailpraise width=27 height=22> Skitterbug <img src=/S/hailpraise.gif border=0 alt=hailpraise width=27 height=22> has provided the solution to what I was wanting, both when Google search is to the right of the address box, and when it is in the Google toolbar. It was just a matter of the obvious being noticed! <img src=/S/newbrain.gif border=0 alt=newbrain width=21 height=22>
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    Re: More information in suggestions box (Fx3)

    I'm glad I was able to help! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: More information in suggestions box (Fx3)

    Just to add my 2 pennies, I'm not using the toolbar...just the normal FF3 Google pane. To be able to see all of the prompted suggestions not cut off, I just drag the Google pane wider by left clicking and dragging between the pane and the nav toolbar. It sticks, so I just keep a compromise size.

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