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How do I disable the mouseover url popups?

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When I mouse over a link on a page, a popup appears in the bottom left of the page showing the complete url of the link page. This annoying popup started several years ago and I had found a way to disable it back then. I have not had them until just recently, after what I suspect was the latest Firefox update. Like many users I'm sure, this is an annoyingly unwanted, totally irrelevant and unnecessarily distracting occurrence. How do I disable this inane feature of Firefox?

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Hi boudrell, some people like to know where a link goes before clicking it. How were you figuring that out without the overlay? You don't just assume it's a trustworthy link, do you?? Anyway...

Do you recall setting up a custom style rule in a userChrome.css file to suppress status panel messages? Some of the internal identifiers changed in Firefox 61 so you need to update your rules.

/* Suppress Link Destination Overlay */
#statuspanel[type="overLink"] {
  display: none !important;
}

For a complete set of CSS selectors for status panel messages, see cor-el's reply here: https://support.mozilla.org/questions/1186444#answer-1098865

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Hi, you are the 1st person I have heard of that has this annoyingly unwanted, totally irrelevant and unnecessarily distracting occurrence. If google it nothing since 2017, 2x's What did you do last time and is not working now ? You can try about:config and double click this to False : browser.chrome.toolbar_tips Please remember what you have done. You may or may not have to restart the browser.

Are you sure you do not have some Extension installed that is causing this. ?

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Hi boudrell, some people like to know where a link goes before clicking it. How were you figuring that out without the overlay? You don't just assume it's a trustworthy link, do you?? Anyway...

Do you recall setting up a custom style rule in a userChrome.css file to suppress status panel messages? Some of the internal identifiers changed in Firefox 61 so you need to update your rules.

/* Suppress Link Destination Overlay */
#statuspanel[type="overLink"] {
  display: none !important;
}

For a complete set of CSS selectors for status panel messages, see cor-el's reply here: https://support.mozilla.org/questions/1186444#answer-1098865

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jscherr2000 - Thank you kindly for once again helping me out with this problem. I now recall we had this very same conversation some time ago and you came through for me then, as now! Many thanks again!

You stated, ".....some people like to know where a link goes before clicking it. How were you figuring that out without the overlay? You don't just assume it's a trustworthy link, do you?? " For me, when I mouse over a link on a page it is because I want to have a look at the information that that link implies. Whether it be on a news site, banking site, weather site, they are trusted sites and therefore I expect trusted results. A popup is totally unnecessary to tell me where I am going. When I surf unfamiliar sites, I do exercise due diligence, always on the lookout for suspicious redirects and spam connections and again, always wary!

Thanks again!

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There are forums and blog pages where people use link types like see this page or put separate link next to each other. When you hide the overlink text then there is no way to tell what happens.

Maybe jscher2000 can come up with some transition code to delay the overlink (i.e. you need to hover one second or longer to make it appear).

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cor-el - The point I tried to make is that the mouse over URL popup at the bottom of the page is distracting and unnecessary. For those who think it is a beneficial annoyance, fine, leave Firefox as it. However, I would suggest that a programming change be made by Firefox allowing for an "opt out" option. Mozilla has Firefox programmed to do it now so an "opt out" option appears to me to be doable!