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I'm using Firefox 5 on a Mac. When I perform a Google search, now that the results auto-update, the results will auto-update while I type as it's supposed to whenever I search for something. However, when I finish typing, sometimes it will also update again to show the results for the same term, but missing a letter.

For example, I type "Firefox" in Google, so when I finish typing it shows me the results for "Firefox". Half a second later, though, it sometimes updates again and shows the results for "Firefo", missing the last letter, even though my full search term is in the search box. And of course, they will still show the text that says "Did you mean: Firefox?"

Any thoughts on why the results still update after I finish typing?

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It's not a bug, it's a feature. – MBraedley Jul 17 '11 at 16:30

MBraedley is correct. What you're seeing is Google Instant. You can disable this feature by clicking the gear icon in the right hand corner of the page and the selecting Search settings. Scroll down the Preferences page and select to turn off Google Instant.

Don't forget to save your changes!

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Hey Kelly, free free to register with an OpenID and fill out your profile :) – phwd Sep 1 '11 at 17:34
If you read my question again, you'll see that I already know that it's Google Instant ("now that the results auto-update"). What happens is that the results update even after I've stopped typing, and it shows results for a different term. – Gary Sep 17 '11 at 0:43

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