GWKB1120 : Disable Constant Refreshing While Typing Search Queries on Google's Webpage

Product: Window-Eyes
Author: Aaron Smith
Date Added: 07/28/2010
Last Modified: 07/30/2010

Symptom: When typing a search phrase on Google's website, the Window-Eyes Browse Mode buffer will reload numerous times, often with each key press.

Cause: Google uses a custom auto suggestion feature based on the text that you enter in the edit box. When this suggestion list changes, Window-Eyes detects a change in the page, and reloads the Browse Mode buffer.

Solution: Google provides a method of disabling this feature using the following steps:

  1. Press Control-L to place focus in the Address bar.
  2. Type "www.google.com".
  3. Press Enter. You are taken to the Google web page. 
  4. Press Insert-Tab to open a list of links.
  5. Press S until you hear "Search Settings".
  6. Once you are in Search Settings, press Enter. You are taken to a web page that provides your settings when using Google to search. 
  7. Press N to get into Control Search Mode.
  8. Press R to get to the next radio button.
  9. Continue to press N followed by R until you get to the Do not provide query suggestion in the search box radio button.
  10. Press Space to select this radio button.
  11. Press Tab until you get to the Save Preferences button and press Enter. A dialog will appear saying that your preferences are saved. You can press Enter to dismiss the dialog.

When the Google search page loads, the auto suggestion feature will be disabled, thereby stopping Browse Mode from reloading.

NOTE: This will only work if you have cookies enabled.  If you have your browser set so that it clears cookies, this solution will not work. Another solution is to press Insert-A from within Browse Mode, which will disable Browse Mode from loading automatically.  However, once you go to a new page, you will need to press Control-Shift-A to turn Browse Mode back on, and you can then press Insert-A again to turn Autoload back on.

Alternatively, try using the mobile version of a website (if one exists) by using the common m. (m dot) prefix, such as http://m.google.com, http://m.yahoo.com, http://m.youtube.com, http://m.facebook.com, http://m.twitter.com, and so on. Mobile versions are often stripped down for faster access via mobile devices, and as a bonus side effect, tend to be less dynamic.