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Always choose "Yes, take me to <name>" instead of prompting

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When typing a URL into the location bar, if the URL is just a name without a scheme or path, and if the name resolves in DNS, and if the name contains no dots, then Firefox prompts "Did you mean to go to <name>?" and redirects to a search for the name rather than taking me directly to http://<name>.

How to I force Firefox to always attempt to load the web page at a dotless name rather than defaulting to searching and prompting?

I have a screenshot to demonstrate what I am talking about, but I am not sure how to include it here.

When typing a URL into the location bar, if the URL is just a name without a scheme or path, and if the name resolves in DNS, and if the name contains no dots, then Firefox prompts "Did you mean to go to <name>?" and redirects to a search for the name rather than taking me directly to http://<name>. How to I force Firefox to always attempt to load the web page at a dotless name rather than defaulting to searching and prompting? I have a screenshot to demonstrate what I am talking about, but I am not sure how to include it here.

Chosen solution

If you like, you can attach a screen shot to a reply to yourself.

However, as far as I know, the answer to your question is that there is no way to do that in Firefox 33. Possibly this will change in a future version.

Currently, if you find the default searching behavior useful, you are stuck with either clicking the button or using a protocol before the host name (e.g., https://intranet).

Or if you don't generally rely on the address bar for searching, you can turn off address bar search. In that case, Firefox will go straight to DNS resolution and, if your entry is not a valid host name, will try fixup (e.g., www.+what you typed+.com).

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste keyw and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the keyword.enabled preference to toggle it from true to false.

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jscher2000
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Chosen Solution

If you like, you can attach a screen shot to a reply to yourself.

However, as far as I know, the answer to your question is that there is no way to do that in Firefox 33. Possibly this will change in a future version.

Currently, if you find the default searching behavior useful, you are stuck with either clicking the button or using a protocol before the host name (e.g., https://intranet).

Or if you don't generally rely on the address bar for searching, you can turn off address bar search. In that case, Firefox will go straight to DNS resolution and, if your entry is not a valid host name, will try fixup (e.g., www.+what you typed+.com).

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter. Click the button promising to be careful.

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste keyw and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the keyword.enabled preference to toggle it from true to false.

If you like, you can attach a screen shot to a reply to yourself. However, as far as I know, the answer to your question is that there is no way to do that in Firefox 33. Possibly this will change in a future version. Currently, if you find the default searching behavior useful, you are stuck with either clicking the button or using a protocol before the host name (e.g., https://intranet). Or if you don't generally rely on the address bar for searching, you can turn off address bar search. In that case, Firefox will go straight to DNS resolution and, if your entry is not a valid host name, will try fixup (e.g., www.+''what you typed''+.com). (1) In a new tab, type or paste '''about:config''' in the address bar and press Enter. Click the button promising to be careful. (2) In the search box above the list, type or paste '''keyw''' and pause while the list is filtered (3) Double-click the '''keyword.enabled''' preference to toggle it from true to false.

Helpful Reply

Thanks, jscher2000, that helps. You knew what I was talking about; I didn't need to post a screenshot at all :) I can still use the search bar for searches, but now I can easily go to my intranet sites from the location bar as well.

Thanks, jscher2000, that helps. You knew what I was talking about; I didn't need to post a screenshot at all :) I can still use the search bar for searches, but now I can easily go to my intranet sites from the location bar as well.
cor-el
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See also unifiedcomplete that might come in Firefox 35: *http://msujaws.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/faster-and-snappier-searches-now-in-firefox-aurora/