Activate Search Bar

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Hi,

Whenever I visit any page on imdb, I think that the search bar should automatically get selected so that one can search or write directly without selecting it. It really become easy for the users searching for movies and actors. For demo you can visit youtube.com.

Thanks,
Nikunj V. Pandit
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Search already selected upon visiting the mainpage..

If i vitis IMDB.com, i always have the search for a specific movie/tv series/artist in mind. I assume, a chunk of other users will be similar to me, maybe not the majority, but still alot. So, what i am suggesting is, let every user have the search field auto selected, similar to google.com. People who open google.com can just start typing their topic, without the need to use the mouse. Similar function on IMDB.com would be convinient for people who need it, have an specific use profile and would be barely noticable for other users(because they would navigate as the did before, click on something as they did before).
Thx.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Set the input focus on the main page to the search (text input) field..

The first action every person does when going to your site is find a movie.  To do this, I have to grab the mouse and click on the search widget.  If it was programmed right, this would already be done.  I would start typing and the text would appear in the proper place.  If you need an example of a web page done properly, look at google.  Goto google.  You don't have to move the mouse to the search text field because it's already done!!!

Please tell the web programmer to: Set the input focus on the main page to the text search widget. That will prevent everyone from doing it when they first get to your site. This is obvious and important and I can't believe you haven't done it yet!!!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled [IDEA] Default the Cursor to the Search Field on Page Load.

There is nothing more to say.
I know about the extensions, but this should be a native feature.

If possible, could someone from the staff answer why this has not been implemented yet ?
And please do not say that this is a matter of taste/preference. Users have to do one more click to use the most used feature on the site. Seems like the only logical thing to do is to implement it.

Thank you,
Kris
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I am so upset about their attitude about this simple line of code.  I am beginning to feel they WANT users to accidentally click on some damn movie ad.  They probably get monetary kickbacks for that.  It happens to me constantly, and it's irritating.  I have to wait for the page to load, and in doing so the bar shifts up and down, up and down.  When I think it's finally done moving, I try to click and wind up hitting a damn ad!

I am ready to follow anybody that starts a NEW IMDb!

Thanks for all your support everybody!
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I also would appreciate it very much if IMDb staff took the time to explain why they have not *yet* (I refuse to give up hope) implemented auto-focus.

If it's because they have a lot of current movie ads and prefer people get distracted and drawn in, believe me, THEY WILL ANYWAY.

IMDb people:  You do know we know how to use the right-click function to open a link in a new tab so we may continue with our primary reason for coming to IMDb: to SEARCH for something in your DATA base!  We will *still* look at that 2nd or 3rd or 4th additionally opened tab because we saw something you're promoting that we are interested in; but we CAME here for the DATA you maintain--not looking deliberately for ads!

Respectfully,
Jen
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled When i open the home page , cursor should be highlighted in the search text field....

Open the home page.
cursor should be highlight in the search field.
as of now, user manually have to click the search field .
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Thank you for your support! :)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled This should be a no-brainer.

There is one VERY EASY change the IMDb webmaster can do to make the web site better. It actually should have been done when created .
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When we first come to the IMDb web site, put the focus in the search box so that all we have to do is start typing our search information.
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Really, I learned about that in web pages 101.
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I've heard from IMDb -- they're not going to do this. Claim not all users start with the search bar, so why put the focus there? They don't seem to understand that people NOT using the search bar HAVE to use the mouse to click on their selections. IMDb's attitude seems to be "We are not going to do ONE SIMPLE THING to make SOME people's experience better -- we'd rather EVERYBODY has to use their mouse."
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I heard this also. Someone else will take over the same services and people will move to the site that makes it the easiest. Make sure to post it if you hear of something. I thought that companies that were supported by, us the people would go out of their way to please them. I guess not.
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I just want a keyboard shortcut for it, not to change the default behavior:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/activate-search-bar-with-a-keyboard-shortcut
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That would be fine too tbrainerd.
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Travis

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Not that many people have commented or liked the other topic, unfortunately just on this thread that is already marked as Not Planned...
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I guess we're stuck with an entity that is more concerned with ad click income than the users who have to close windows or tabs from mistaken and ANNOYING clicks on those ads.

...grumble...mutter...

/rant
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Thank you for your support!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Have a suggestion.

When opening IMDb, it would be nice if it took you right to the line where you type your inquiry. I have to stop and click on it, and other sites take you right there. Just a suggestion, and I love your site.
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Jennifer

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Thank you!
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Dante Sandgren

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled A problem for lazy people.

Would it be possible to change the search bar so that it is automatically selected when you enter imdb.com? It is not a big problem to click the search bar every time but youtubes solution with automatic selection is smoother and I would appreciate if imdb could use it as well.
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Google does it too; have since day one.  Thank you for your post!
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It's not as much of a problem for me, because I (usually) prefer to use keyboard shortcuts in my browser to go directly to full title search or name search results (without using the site's search bar, and also avoiding  the additional click for "more matches").
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Trying to click on the search bar these days gives me a headache because of all its bouncing around due to ads opening & closing.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Position cursor in search field.

Please position the cursor in the search field on loading the site.
I'm not sure how other people use this site but I am sure that there are a lot of people, like me, that come here to find information with regard to a film, character, etc. (i.e. use the search box at the top of the home page). I don't think that there is any other database oriented site (and I use a lot of them) that doesn't position the cursor in the search box on loading. Why should I have to find my cursor on the screen and move it, in order to click in the box, before typing?
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Oh, if I had known the technical term "autofocus" I would have searched on that and found that you have been asked the same question innumerable times.
How can I criticize a site that gives me so much information? Well, the history of this request reads very much like the refusal by Google to provide a warning message when you inadvertently exit Chrome. In other words, there has to be something seriously wrong with their concern for how their customers use their product. How arrogant!
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some of the code for this site dates back to the early 1990's and is not as simple to change as people assume. it's not written in current standards.

they are currently overhauling much of the backend to support transitioning to more modern script languages; but the process is likely to take a year or more in order to to minimize risks of data loss

also its a very small team, they have to prioritize changes and something that may seem trivial in modern web scripting may be overly complex in the 20+ year old scripting language that most of the site was based in
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Jennifer

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Have your friends come and support us on this issue.  (I think that means +1 ...yes?)
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No offense, but it takes a single line of code to set the focus to a textfield. And that has nothing to do with the early 1990s when MOST people on this planet didn't even had internet. Also, data loss and backend should not need to be mentioned since they have nothing to do with setting the focus on a search field. I think this has to do mainly with the so called "new generation" of developer wannabes.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Cursor.

Please make your cursor go to search bar when site is opened! PLEASE! :D
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Jennifer

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Thank you for the support! :)
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It seems like this thread has been started over 4 years ago and the bureaucrats has decided not to implement it. Can you imagine what kind of workplace IMDB can be, where despite good usability and research studies, they decided against to implement a single line of code!? Don't blame support. Chances are, it's a management issue.
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They don't seem to care what "we the people that keep them going" think.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Focus needs to automatically be on Search Bar..

When the site loads, the search bar should be 'ready for input'. As in, all you need to do is type to search a movie or whatever. Without needing the user to click on the search bar.


Someone already posted this idea 4 years ago. FOUR YEARS AGO.
How is this not implemented already.........
see-
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/activate_search_bar

This will probably take an average programmer around 5 minutes to implement.
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Well I guess because they refuse to do it. I sent a message ages ago, and I guess they want people to look at what they want you to look at. Usually people change to what users want.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Insertion point in search field?.

Hi,

I'm wondering why the insertion point on your website doesn't automatically appear in the search field. Even if some users aren't visiting IMDB to search for a specific movie/actor it would not affect them all, they are still a single click from whatever they want to click on. You have absolutely nothing to lose by doing this! And it would facilitate a lot for all of us who uses hotkeys and hates reaching for the mouse ;)

Best Regards
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Activate Search Bar with a Keyboard Shortcut.

I suggest that a keyboard shortcut be added to highlight the search bar. I'm not saying that it should be highlighted by default as has been separately suggested. But entering a keyboard stroke (such as"/") would make it more similar to Facebook, Gmail and Twitter which use that shortcut. I think IMDb, since it is a database requiring lots of keyboard input to find titles, should implement forward slash as well.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Cursor immediately to searchbox.

Dear IMDB-team, being a huge fan for many years I was wondering if you could fabricate the possibility that when you load the portal, the cursor could immediately go to the searchbox like other top websites. Thanks in advance!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Cursor should be in the search box when I enter the IMDB Main Page.

This is important i think. IMDB is a movie database, so the first action should be query movies. Please consider this advise
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled What about setting autofocus on the search field?.

How would setting autofocus on the search field be for the home page? Like google.. I always go to imdb to search, and clicking the field seems pointless. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled focus on search box.

adding the code:
$('#navbar-query').focus();
to the pages javascript would allow a user to begin typing a search query as soon as the page loads, which is honestly what I do every single time I visit the page.  I know it's not hard to click the mouse in the input box, just saying... 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Searching IMDb.

I would really love for the cursor to be in the search dialog when I open up the main page. How can I make this happen? The cursor should be defaulted to the search dialog box on the IMDb homepage. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled active search bar.

I know this has been discussed before, but please make the search bar active when I visit the site.  I know it's minor but having to click in it is really annoying to make it active so I can start typing.
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Heck yes makes sense
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I think it's the only site that I go to that doesn't have the cursor open in the search bar. They have been asked for years to do it, but just refuse to.

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YouTube uses a keystroke of '/'.  Maybe IMDb can follow this pattern.