I'm working on customizing my search results page. By default, the results page contains another instance of the search box at the top. I have the search box in a block at the top of every page, so it's just cluttering things up on the results page. I have already overridden the two template files, but I don't see anything in there that outputs the second search box. How can I remove it?

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Here's a simple approach to work within your theme, without requiring a dedicated module:

add to your template.php file...

function YOURTHEME_page_alter(&$page)
  if (arg(0) == 'search')
    if (!empty($page['content']['system_main']['search_form']))
  • Beauty. This is exactly what I was looking for! Simple solution, too. I'm sure @coreyp_1's solution would work as well, but I didn't want to have to make a full module. Thanks to both answerers!
    – eljefejb
    Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 18:36

This is a fun one... The Search box is returned as part of the render array returned by search_view().

I suggest that you make a hook_menu_alter() which replaces the default callback for the search page with your own, which is basically a pass-thru to the core function, but that unsets the search form. Something like this:

function MYMODULE_menu_alter(&$items) {
  $items['search']['page callback'] = 'MYMODULE_search_view';

function MYMODULE_search_view($module = NULL, $keys = '') {
  $build = search_view($module, $keys);
  return $build;

Don't forget to clear your cache to pick up the new hook and menu changes.

You may need to add additional paths to the hook_menu_alter() as needed (e.g., if you search users, then you may need to add entries for search/user and search/user/%menu_tail).

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