Why isn't there a Search button? It's actually disconcerting to simply hit the Enter key after I type in my search terms. It's like, "I'm hoping this will search, but I'm really not sure."

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    There is no search button to identify with the programmers out there who really don't use the mouse unless its absolutely necessary. :) – Lix Sep 27 '12 at 17:55
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    Do you use the Go button in Internet Explorer? – user7116 Sep 27 '12 at 18:21
  • two scenarios where it would be good to have a button: 1)your enter key is broken or missing, 2)someone planted a bomb that is triggered with the enter key – ajax333221 Sep 27 '12 at 19:53
  • Maybe that's what stops people from searching before asking a question. As a side note the UX people seem to think yeah you probably should have a search button in this case – Some Helpful Commenter Sep 27 '12 at 21:07
  • Six: Is that program of some sort?? – Rich Sep 28 '12 at 12:46
  • At least a small "Go" button would be useful. I'm not able to make any searcheds on SO from my Opera mobile browser. – finspin Jan 9 '13 at 12:58

If you enter some dummy search in the box, you'll be presented with the search results page. There you will find a search button at your disposal.

I don't feel that this is much of an issue really. It is a UI/UX design decision that was made because pressing enter after entering a search query actually is intuitive IMO. I have a feeling that people would agree with me on that.

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  • This seems only minimally useful. The only convenient way to reach the search results page is to submit a search from the button-less field. If you're going to have to use the no-button field at any point, you might as well just do your real search directly from there. – Pops Sep 27 '12 at 19:37
  • @Lix you might want to check out Do you need a search button with a search box? it seems the UX community doesn't agree. You might be experiencing a Dunning–Kruger effect where due to expert ability to intuit a UI you overestimate the ability of others. – Some Helpful Commenter Sep 27 '12 at 21:17

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