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How do you turn off suggestions, not autocomplete, in the location bar?

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With the new Firefox 43.0 update it asked me if I wanted to try using the suggestions option in the location bar. I have tried it and do not like this function. Whenever I type in addresses it no longer auto-compeltes because instead it says 'visit (website)', but only if it detects something it can guess like Facebook. Otherwise, it assume I'm searching something and I have to skip over it to go to the website I have saved in my history.

How do I turn this function off?

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Hi zakiya, there are actually two separate things going on there on the newly redesigned URL bar:

(1) The suggestions it asked about are search engine suggestions, the kind you usually would see on the search bar over on the right side as you type. These will appear lower on the drop-down with a magnifying glass icon instead of a website icon.

(2) The first line that starts off showing "Visit" is for your information and indicates what will happen if you press the Enter key or click the Go button at the current point.

  • If there are no spaces in what you typed, usually that first row will show where "autofill" will take you if you press Enter or click Go.
  • If there are spaces in what you typed, that first row will show what search engine will be used if you press Enter or click Go.

However, if you want to skip over that and use the first suggested site from history or bookmarks, it is still one down-arrow-press from where you are typing.


If you find these new features more annoying than useful, you can remove that line in two ways:

(1) Roll back the changes to the bar using a preference

This prevents Firefox from showing search engine suggestions on the drop-down, so for anyone wanting to display those, this would not be a good approach.

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

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

(C) Double-click the browser.urlbar.unifiedcomplete preference to switch it from true to false

(2) Hide the top line of the bar using a custom style rule

You can apply custom style rules to Firefox's user interface using either the Stylish extension or a userChrome.css file. For example, here's a rule that will do the trick:

 @namespace url(http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul);  #PopupAutoCompleteRichResult richlistitem[type*="heuristic"] {    display:none !important;  }

If you prefer this approach, we could spell out the steps in more detail.

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Hi zakiya, there are actually two separate things going on there on the newly redesigned URL bar:

(1) The suggestions it asked about are search engine suggestions, the kind you usually would see on the search bar over on the right side as you type. These will appear lower on the drop-down with a magnifying glass icon instead of a website icon.

(2) The first line that starts off showing "Visit" is for your information and indicates what will happen if you press the Enter key or click the Go button at the current point.

  • If there are no spaces in what you typed, usually that first row will show where "autofill" will take you if you press Enter or click Go.
  • If there are spaces in what you typed, that first row will show what search engine will be used if you press Enter or click Go.

However, if you want to skip over that and use the first suggested site from history or bookmarks, it is still one down-arrow-press from where you are typing.


If you find these new features more annoying than useful, you can remove that line in two ways:

(1) Roll back the changes to the bar using a preference

This prevents Firefox from showing search engine suggestions on the drop-down, so for anyone wanting to display those, this would not be a good approach.

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

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

(C) Double-click the browser.urlbar.unifiedcomplete preference to switch it from true to false

(2) Hide the top line of the bar using a custom style rule

You can apply custom style rules to Firefox's user interface using either the Stylish extension or a userChrome.css file. For example, here's a rule that will do the trick:

 @namespace url(http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul);  #PopupAutoCompleteRichResult richlistitem[type*="heuristic"] {    display:none !important;  }

If you prefer this approach, we could spell out the steps in more detail.

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The first question you saw is about "Show search suggestions in location bar results" in "Firefox > Preferences > Search" as part of the search settings.