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I don't know if it always did this, but it seems to have started recently.

If I type a search in the Google toolbar, then later open up g-mail in the same browser instance, the gmail search box is pre-filled with the search from the google toolbar and my inbox is filtered by that search criteria.

This is very annoying, how can I make it stop doing that?

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In Firefox, it's the same with the upper right search – Eight Days of Malaise Feb 8 '11 at 4:08
I got into the habit of having Gmail and Google Calendar auto-open in their own tabs. Then, when things get too busy, I use snipe to find the correct tab. In the Chrome web store, see Extensions --> Productivity --> Snipe – Charles Lindsay Jun 15 '11 at 0:51

That might be due to AutoFill option in the browser. Try turning that off.

Or check to see if you have some plugin installed that does this behavior.

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