Google's Disappearing Search Query Bug

May 21, 2010 • 8:27 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Many searchers were complaining in a Google Web Search Help thread yesterday that their search queries were disappearing. Google later confirmed the bug. What was/is happening for some searchers is that they enter their search query into the Google search box, hit enter and on the next screen the search query is no longer shown in the search box.

There are a few threads out there on this, but only one with confirmation from Google. The first report said:

When I press enter OR the search button, the text within the searchbox simply disappears rather then directing me to a search. This only happens after my first search, i.e. any subsequent searches after searching for something from the Google's main page.

Jaime from Google eventually replied saying they think they fixed the issue:

We've just finished pushing a fix for this bug. If you're still having problems with your search query disappearing from the search box, please let me know.

It does seem to now be resolved for everyone, and I don't believe anyone captured video screen cast of how this bug worked exactly.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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07/07/2010 10:59 am

This issue is not resolved for everyone and besides I never had to clear my cache with earlier versions of IE why should I have to do it now? Rant off.

David Baumann

08/11/2012 04:25 pm

Well it's been happening to me for a couple and continues today. The box and text completely disappear or shrink up to the upper right corner of the screen. The google banner for that day shrinks too along with the text box and the text is not seen. The search does work but one cannot see what they're typing.


01/30/2013 08:36 pm

Chrome getting buggier and buggier all the time.


05/17/2013 09:12 pm

this bug has resurfaced today

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