How to Use Search Box in Internet Explorer 9 (IE9)
Where'd the search bar box go to in IE9?
September 25, 2010
The search box in IE9 is now the same as the URL / domain name box.
You may be wondering where the search box went to in Internet Explorer 9. If you were previously using IE8, or Firefox, you're probably accustomed to seeing the search box in the upper right-hand side of the browser window. Well that's all changed in IE9, now the search box is integrated into the address bar / URL box, which is similiar to how Google Chrome's browser works currently. So instead of having both an address bar/box and a search box, there is now just one box used for both searching and URL addresses.
IE9 Combined Search Bar and URL Address box
So to search in IE9, simply type your search keywords directly into the address bar box, and hit Enter.
Microsoft is calling this combination of the address bar and the search box in IE9 a Private OneBox. Bing is the default search engine in IE9, but you can easily change this to a different search engine using the Manage Search provider settings from the drop down Private OneBox.
Also if you have Bing suggestions turned on, the address bar will sort through your favorites, history, and live search results as you type a search or url in the box.
Currently, the IE9 Beta (Private OneBox) search box has a number of issues, which will hopefully be worked out by IE9's final release. For instance, using a colon or certain special characters in your search may throw errors.
All in all, IE9 should be a vast improvement over previous versions of Internet Explorer, and put a much bigger emphasis on the web viewing experience.