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    Exclamation Unity panel search bar opens mutiple browser tabs.

    I am a long-time Ubuntu user, and I have come across a bizarre bug that I cannot understand. I am not even precisely sure where to begin with troubleshooting, so anything is likely to help.

    When I click on the little swirly Ubuntu icon at the top of the Unity panel, as soon as I begin typing in the search bar my default browser opens a new tab. As I type, additional tabs are opened continually. It seems that the search action is somehow being tied to my browser (in this case, I have been using Chrome for awhile). It's not terribly problematic, but it is silly and I would like to stop it from happening.

    I have also tried searching for similar issues, but it seems that my searching keywords are either not effective at finding similar issues, OR I am the only one with this issue.

    I will endeavor to post here if/when I have a solution. But as I said, any input is welcome.

    Thanks!!

    Update: Thanks to the clues I was given below, I have come a step or two closer to finding the solution. This has irritated me for quite some time, so I ended up coming back here to see if anyone had offered any solutions. I opened my Passwords and Keys application and just deleted them all. I had many multiple entries for several of the various online accounds that I have, so it appears that something was broken with my keys. On the down-side, I did not determine which one was the actual culprit, but I'm okay with that. If I end up with any further information, I will come back here to update it.
    Last edited by em3raldxiii; September 14th, 2013 at 08:07 AM.
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    Re: Unity panel search bar opens mutiple browser tabs.

    Quote Originally Posted by em3raldxiii View Post
    I am a long-time Ubuntu user, and I have come across a bizarre bug that I cannot understand. I am not even precisely sure where to begin with troubleshooting, so anything is likely to help.

    When I click on the little swirly Ubuntu icon at the top of the Unity panel, as soon as I begin typing in the search bar my default browser opens a new tab. As I type, additional tabs are opened continually. It seems that the search action is somehow being tied to my browser (in this case, I have been using Chrome for awhile). It's not terribly problematic, but it is silly and I would like to stop it from happening.

    I have also tried searching for similar issues, but it seems that my searching keywords are either not effective at finding similar issues, OR I am the only one with this issue.

    I will endeavor to post here if/when I have a solution. But as I said, any input is welcome.

    Thanks!
    You're not the only one with the problem. I'm having the same issue myself.
    Have absolutely no idea where to begin searching though..

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    Re: Unity panel search bar opens mutiple browser tabs.

    I'm in the same boat too, any updates would be very much appreciated.

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    Re: Unity panel search bar opens mutiple browser tabs.

    Similar issue.
    I get the same when I open unity via the sidebar and begin typing.
    The issue that is annoying me is that my <SUPER> key opens unity and enters the search bar, which causes the same effect.

    Chrome opens "about:blank", ~70% of the time, whenever I press <SUPER> to open Unity.
    I've tried looking at my chrome settings to no avail. I cannot find where the shortcut is set.

    It seemed to happen after I temporarily disabled my <ALT> key, to do some work with GIMP, by installing the Compiz config settings manager.
    None of the settings in there seem to affect my situation though.

    =/

    I can work with it, but it's highly annoying.

    Does anyone have any tips for searching which key presses are getting routed to which section of the OS?

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    Re: Unity panel search bar opens mutiple browser tabs.

    Interesting.

    I just removed Gwibber, which seems to have fixed my problem. My thinking is that there's something broken with it- causing it to open new tabs when it tries to search FB/G+ for content.

    I don't know why. It just seems to have stopped.

    Maybe it'll work for you too.

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    Re: Unity panel search bar opens mutiple browser tabs.

    I was too having the same problem. It was some problem with online accounts.
    Removed all my online accounts i had added(as i was not using them anyways) and it solved my problem.

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    Re: Unity panel search bar opens mutiple browser tabs.

    Just a heads up to everyone: I have updated my original post. Deleting all of the keys in my Passwords and Keys app was effective at stopping the problem. Now to see if I can safely re-add a few!
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