How to Restore Classic Address Bar in Firefox 75



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Starting with Firefox 75, Firefox no longer displays HTTPS or WWW by default. The browser automatically hides the information in the address bar when the user starts typing.

Note that this does not affect the display of active sites in the address bar; they will always display the full web address, including the WWW protocol and subdomain, if used.

How to Disable New Address Bar in Firefox v75

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  • Open Firefox.
  • In a new tab, type about:config in the address bar.
  • Click I accept the risk.
  • In the search box, type browser.urlbar.update1 or copy the line browser.urlbar.update1.
  • In the search results, double-click the name of the value browser.urlbar.update1 to change the value from true to false.
  • Similarly, find the value browser.urlbar.openViewOnFocus and set it to false.
  • Restart Firefox. You now have the classic address bar with no drop-down list that opens automatically and contains the main sites and large fonts.

You can now restore the https:// and www URL parts for the address bar suggestions if you wish.

Conclusion

I don’t like changes that remove information from a browser. Mozilla may be right that deleting parts of the address improves readability, but this can lead to situations where a page opens that is not the expected page.

Imagine that www.example.com and example.com refer to different resources. Firefox would only display example.com for both addresses in the suggestion list, so it would be impossible to determine which one is which without opening the suggestions.

https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020/04/07/latest-firefox-updates-address-bar-making-search-easier-than-ever/



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