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Switch off automatic redirection to search result in DuckDuckGo

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I intermediately have a problem with DuckDuckGo. Instead of showing me the list of search results it sometimes directly jumps to one of the search results, without giving me a chance to check if the web address looks reasonable.

One example of such an automatic redirect is if I search for \namedef:

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=\%40namedef

This will land me on another site, even tough I would rather see a list of search results.

Can this behaviour be switched off somehow?

P.S. I have already switched off "Instant Answers"

Screenshot of the instant answer setting in the duckduckgo preferences

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After a bit of experimentation, I think the \ in my search term is the problem. This acts as a shortcut for the "I'm feeling ducky" option.

Workarounds:

  • remove \ from the search term

  • place the search term in quotation marks, e.g. "\namedef"

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Typical case of rubber duck debugging: this bothered me for years, but as soon as I finally post a questions I find the answer :) samcarter‭ 22 days ago

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You have already given the answer, and I have just found that it is documented under the Search Syntax section:

Use \ to go to directly to the first search result. For example, \futurama.

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Thanks for digging out the documentation! samcarter‭ 17 days ago

@samcarter You're welcome! Quasímodo‭ 16 days ago

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