Edge flashes address bar making unable to type or search

By design Issue #12352556


Sanjaya S.
Jun 15, 2017
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In Edge when you try to enter URL or search as soon as you type first character it starts selecting everything and drop down shows until you click another application. This behavior makes it hard to use Edge at all. This start about a month ago.


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    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Assigned To to “James M.”

      Changed Status to “By design”

    • Hello,

      Thank you for providing this information about the issue. While typing, if you want to get rid of the auto-complete, then please press either Backspace or Delete.

      Best Wishes,
      The MS Edge Team

    • Hello,

      If you wish to disable the feature, please go to the Menu (…) / Settings / View Advanced Settings, and under Show Search and Site Suggestions as I Type, toggle the switch from On to Off.

      Best Wishes,
      The MS Edge Team

    • My Edge address bar also FLASHES (this is obscene) making me unable to type or search using the address bar. I tried disabling the Show Search and Site…, I did the sfc /scannow, I re-registered Edge… I did the DISM procedures, nothing works.
      I did a Safe Boot and found that the problem disappears, but then I don’t know which program is causing the interference.
      Any suggestions.

    • The issues isn’t the fact of “Show search and site suggestions as I type” or autocomplete. The issue is that once you type the first few letters of a search or url, the search and site suggestions begins flashing repeatedly and you cannot type your complete search term. In other words, the search bar in Edge (also Cortana/Win10 search bar) do not function.

      So if I search ‘Microsoft’ in the search bar, it will stop accepting any keystrokes at “micro” (where it stops accepting keystrokes depends on how fast you type), and the search suggestions begin flashing repeatedly without allowing me to complete my search. If I repeatedly click in the search bar, I will eventually be permitted to type a few more letters, but then the search suggestions will begin flashing repeatedly and prevent me from typing any more letters.

      I also disabled “Show search and site suggestions as I type.” It didn’t help. Of course, even if it did work, my preference would be to have Edge perform arguably its core/primary function without my having to disable features of the product.

      This issue began relatively recently. Perhaps as far back as May.

    • Matt H. is accurate in his description of the what the Edge address bar is doing. I cannot complete any input into the Edge address bar, because as soon as I type in a letter or number the address bar flashes and doesn’t allow further input.
      Microsoft needs to fix this.

    • I have exactly the same problem, Matt H. describes the fault well. It is so frustrating, I am going to install Chrome this afternoon as I can’t work with Edge anymore.

    • Same identical issue here and occurred after a recent update. Not sure if this was a major update which may have corrupted Edge.

      I did the obligatory sfc /scnanow with no issues found, the Pwereshell (admin) script reset (both ways) after checking the W-Firewall is set to automatic, blaa, blaa, blaa and the only thing left suggested was a corrupt profile – whoooraaa wants to do that!

      Did a major update on another PC (SURFACE) as well recently which would not even open a page in Edge. The same suggestions were made for that. I reset to the previous install and all was well again, but obviously w/o updates!

      Google Chrome for now until they fix this…

    • Following up on my prior comment: This issue has apparently resolved itself. I noticed the problem disappeared sometime last week. I did not alter any settings since posting my first comment here. The issue has resolved for the window search box as well as the Edge search box.

      Looking at my Windows Update History, I see Win10 cumulative update installed on July 11, 2017. Perhaps that contained the fix? But I think, though I am not certain, that I had the issue between July 11 and when I noticed the issue resolved.

    • In my case it was a McAfee/Windows Update conflict that that caused this issue. I uninstalled McAfee AV Plus and reinstalled. Instantly Edge & Cortana address/search worked fine.

    • Interesting, Laugh. My issue existed on my work computer, which does run McAfee. I did not have the problem on my personal laptop, and my wife did not have it on her Surface. Neither run McAfee. So that sounds like the likely culprit.

      My work computer is administered by an IT vendor, so it could be that he pushed through some kind of update recently that I do not know about.

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