Firefox users have quite a few options at their disposal when it comes to performing searches without visiting a search engine's website first, or the site they want to search on.
The most common option is the search bar that is displayed by default in one of the Firefox toolbars.
Another option is to enter the search term in the Firefox address bar or to search from the new tab page that displays a search form as well.
The former method is probably more convenient for most users. Some users, however, do have an issue with the search form keeping the search term displayed in it after the search has been executed.
This is a privacy issue for some users who prefer that their previous search is not displayed in the Firefox toolbar. While the issue is limited to local exposure, some users may prefer that search terms are not displayed at all after the search is executed. Others may prefer that it is removed for aesthetic reasons.
There are other reasons for this. If the text is already displayed, the methodology to search again is slightly different.
While you don't end up having to type more, a click in the search form selects the current search term shown in it. This may be confusing to some users even though it is removed when you start typing the new search term.
On Linux, the behavior interferes with the systems middle-click pasting functionality.
The Firefox add-on Clear Search offers a solution by cleaning the Firefox search form whenever a search was performed in the web browser. This is also helpful for Linux users using Linux's highlight and paste shortcut according to the developer of the add-on.
Clear Search is an experimental search add-on that is compatible with all versions of Firefox 3. It can be downloaded and installed from the Mozilla website.
Update: The original add-on is no longer available. Clear Search 2 has been created by another author offering the same functionality.
Update 2: Clear Search 2 has not been updated for three years. It is no longer compatible with recent Firefox releases. A comparable add-on that works in Firefox 57+ is not available.
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