Search function changes

I’m noticing the search function is working differently lately and I don’t know if this is something that’s coming from Discourse or if it’s my browser. I use the website on a desktop computer with Chrome.

After searching for a topic/post, I get a drop-down menu with results. Used to be able to arrow down to the one I wanted, hit “Enter” and it would take me there. Now, the arrow down doesn’t work. Have to change from keyboard to mouse to click.

Second, if I am searching for something and use the “in:title” in the search, it no longer give me results, it now drops down and shows me my search and I have to click on that in order to complete my search.

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If this is something that my computer is doing, please let me know. This is frustrating because of all the extra clicking I have to do since the arrow down doesn’t work any more.

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These are changes on our end, your computer is probably ok! We’re trying out some things to make search features more discoverable, for example if you type in:

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We’re also aware of the arrow key navigation issue and plan on fixing it. Tabbing through the results still works, if you’re looking for keyboard nav in the meantime.

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Thanks for the quick response. Glad to know that arrow key thing will be back!

Another quick question about the in:title thing, I understand your example, but we don’t really use anything except the “in:title” prompt, so having that dropdown is pretty useless to us.

Our main thing is finding topics and we have several that have pretty generic small words that don’t usually show up in a search (“your search items are too small”) so having that in:title search is extremely helpful.

Examples of some of our topics

  • 86
  • All Out
  • Do It
  • Red

See my problem?

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The arrow down/up issue should be fixed via:

The in:title search is still there. If you want to trigger it by typing the full string, you just need to add a space at the end and it will trigger a search.

There is also a quicker option. Type 86 in:, wait briefly for the suggestions to show up, then hit arrow down (to select the first suggestion, which is 86 in:title) and then hit Enter. It needs some muscle memory retraining, but it’s a couple of keystrokes shorter.

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Confirming that my arrow key now works! Thank you so much!!!

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