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For some reason, Google search is hiding the input field in Chrome and using the URL field as the search parameters. Is there a way I can disable this feature?

How I don't like it:

how i don't like it

How I would like it:

How i like it

Also, the weird thing is that it is not consistent, it somehow only happens at work and not when I am home.

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Which OS are you using? – Vidar S. Ramdal Aug 20 '14 at 12:35
Happens to me that way too: work is Win 7. Home is Win 8.1 – MaryC.fromNZ Aug 20 '14 at 16:42
@VidarS.Ramdal my OS on my latop is Win 7 x64, It happens only at work. When i bring my laptop home it does not happen. Also have not seen it happen on my desktop. – Ludjer Aug 20 '14 at 18:57
I think this falls under the "Browsers and their features relating to the use of a web application" category, so I'm inclined to leave it here for the time being. However, if there's precedent for this type of question on Super User, I'm willing to move it. – jonsca Aug 20 '14 at 22:00
Errr...Google Search has worked like that for ages, at least in Chrome. – Al E. Aug 20 '14 at 23:31
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OK, I think I see what the pattern is.

  1. Browsing to http://www.google.com, and entering my search terms in the search field, always gives a result page with a search field
  2. Entering my search term in Chrome's address bar and pressing Enter gives a result page with a search field
  3. Entering my search term in Chrome's address bar, and selectinga previous search or a Google suggestion, gives a search result page without a search field

Note that for scenario 2 and 3, it is not easy to distinguish between entering a search term and pressing enter, and entering a search term and selecting from the suggestion list. Pay close attention to which keys you are pressing, and to what is selected when you press Enter. In order to invoke scenario 2, I must press Enter immediately, before the suggestion list pops up.

It also seems to matter if I'm already displaying a Google search result page. If so, the next results page seems to always include the search field.

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