Second Life: What’s with that Search Window at Login?

If you use the Linden viewer, you may have found your search windows open when you log into Second Life™. It has happened to me. It’s a “What’s with that?” experience. Surprising. Not exactly what I want.

Really annoying! Go away!!

Really annoying! Go away!!

Next is the “How do I turn THAT off?” There is no Preferences setting or Debug Setting. 

There are a couple of Debug Settings relating to opening floaters:

  • HelpFloaterOpen
  • OpenSidePanelsInFloaters

However, they do not affect the problem Search Floater. So, how do I turn off the Search Penal Open at login. Easy.

Imnotgoing Sideways posted a couple of solutions in the SL Forum. (Reference) First and easiest, be sure you have the Search Panel closed before logging off.

I tend to be doing things and going places on some quest and I minimize the Search Panel. I forget it is ‘open’ and log off. Next login… the viewer is so happy to pop up and say, “Here’s your search panel!” And grin at me thinking its dome something nifty… well… yeah, thanks, now go away.

But, you may find that closing Search before exiting doesn’t solve your problem. Then you may have a corrupted settings file. Imnotgoing Sideways explains how to fix that:

If that doesn’t work, your settings file may be glitched.  As found in the following path:

C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\SecondLife\[avatar name]\settings_per_account.xml

There’s a key called “floater_vis_search” which will have a boolean of 0 or 1.  For no search window to show, make sure it’s 0.  One thing I’ve noticed is that the client saves it in different ways.  If saving as 0, it’ll be an integer.  If saving as 1, it’ll be a boolean.  So, I’ll paste 2 samples below.  The line directly below “<key>Value</key>” will be the determining factor. (^_^)

Search [panel] will show:

<key>floater_vis_search</key>
<map>
<key>Comment</key>
<string>Window Visibility for search</string>
<key>Type</key>
<string>Boolean</string>
<key>Value</key>
<boolean>1</boolean>
</map>

Search [panel] will not show:

<key>floater_vis_search</key>
<map>
<key>Comment</key>
<string>Window Visibility for search</string>
<key>Type</key>
<string>Boolean</string>
<key>Value</key>
<integer>0</integer>
</map>

 

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