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How can I turn off the annoying blue drop down "search with" box in FF65?

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Since installing Firefox 65 on my mac, an annoying blue dropdown box appears every time I search using the URL bar (Awesome Bar?). I can't tun it off. Please see attached screen shot. Prefs/Search/Provide Search Options box is unchecked. about:config/browser.urlbar.autocomplete.enabled is set to False. I would really like to turn it off. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

Since installing Firefox 65 on my mac, an annoying blue dropdown box appears every time I search using the URL bar (Awesome Bar?). I can't tun it off. Please see attached screen shot. Prefs/Search/Provide Search Options box is unchecked. about:config/browser.urlbar.autocomplete.enabled is set to False. I would really like to turn it off. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.
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Hello strewth101,

There are wto different 'blue bars' that can appear under the address bar : there's the blue 'Visit' bar (which I use instead of pressing the Enter key) and there's the blue 'Search with' bar that you are talking about.

To get rid of the latter, all you have to do is :

On the 'about:config' page set the value of the preference keyword.enabled to false (and then close and restart Firefox).


In case you don't want anything to appear under the address bar :

Type in the search bar browser.urlbar.

Look for the preference :

browser.urlbar.maxRichResults

And set its value to 0 (= zero)

(then close and restart Firefox)

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FredMcD
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Don't worry about it. Finish entering what you want and press Enter.

Don't worry about it. Finish entering what you want and press Enter.
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Yeah, that's what my wife said. I'm aware there are more pressing problems in the world. But I find it annoying. Like someone trying to finish my sentences for me. Does anyone else have a solution?

Yeah, that's what my wife said. I'm aware there are more pressing problems in the world. But I find it annoying. Like someone trying to finish my sentences for me. Does anyone else have a solution?
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philipp
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hi, support for the browser.urlbar.autocomplete.enabled preference got removed in firefox 65 unfortunately.

as a workaround you could try creating a userChrome.css file with the following content in order to hide the addressbar dropdown-menu:

#PopupAutoCompleteRichResult {

  display: none!important;

}

https://www.userchrome.org/how-create-userchrome-css.html

hi, support for the browser.urlbar.autocomplete.enabled preference got removed in firefox 65 unfortunately. as a workaround you could try creating a userChrome.css file with the following content in order to hide the addressbar dropdown-menu: <code>#PopupAutoCompleteRichResult { display: none!important; }</code> https://www.userchrome.org/how-create-userchrome-css.html
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Thanks philipp. userChrome.css files are new to me. I'll give it a go when I have more time.

Thanks philipp. userChrome.css files are new to me. I'll give it a go when I have more time.
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McCoy
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Hello strewth101,

There are wto different 'blue bars' that can appear under the address bar : there's the blue 'Visit' bar (which I use instead of pressing the Enter key) and there's the blue 'Search with' bar that you are talking about.

To get rid of the latter, all you have to do is :

On the 'about:config' page set the value of the preference keyword.enabled to false (and then close and restart Firefox).


In case you don't want anything to appear under the address bar :

Type in the search bar browser.urlbar.

Look for the preference :

browser.urlbar.maxRichResults

And set its value to 0 (= zero)

(then close and restart Firefox)

Hello strewth101, There are wto different 'blue bars' that can appear under the address bar : there's the blue 'Visit' bar (which I use instead of pressing the Enter key) and there's the blue 'Search with' bar that you are talking about. To get rid of the latter, all you have to do is : On the 'about:config' page set the value of the preference '''keyword.enabled''' to '''false''' (and then close and restart Firefox). ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In case you don't want ''anything'' to appear under the address bar : Type in the search bar '''browser.urlbar.''' Look for the preference : '''browser.urlbar.maxRichResults''' And set its value to '''0''' (= zero) (then close and restart Firefox)
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Thanks McCoy. The blue box's reign of terror is over. Thanks again to philipp. I'm sure your workaround would've worked too.

Thanks McCoy. The blue box's reign of terror is over. Thanks again to philipp. I'm sure your workaround would've worked too.
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Btw, it was setting the browser.urlbar.maxRichResults to 0 that did the trick. Setting keyword.enabled to False prevented use of the URL bar as a search engine, which wasn't my plan. Thanks again.

Btw, it was setting the '''browser.urlbar.maxRichResults''' to 0 that did the trick. Setting '''keyword.enabled''' to False prevented use of the URL bar as a search engine, which wasn't my plan. Thanks again.
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bugamode433T 0 solutions 1 answers

Here is what worked for me FF 65.0.2 Win64

in about:config

Set the following

browser.urlbar.maxRichResults > 0 browser.urlbar.OneOffSearches > false

Others have said to set services.sync.prefs.sync.browser.urlbar.maxRichResults >False

but I found no affect. In other words, the first two items worked and the 3rd one (services.sync.prefs.sync.browser.urlbar.maxRichResults) does not matter

Thanks to all for the help in piecing this together. Note to FF developers: KISS Keep it simple is a better policy. The Bluebar is a distraction that the old blinking text that was removed in CSS

Here is what worked for me FF 65.0.2 Win64 in about:config Set the following browser.urlbar.maxRichResults > 0 browser.urlbar.OneOffSearches > false Others have said to set services.sync.prefs.sync.browser.urlbar.maxRichResults >False but I found no affect. In other words, the first two items worked and the 3rd one (services.sync.prefs.sync.browser.urlbar.maxRichResults) does not matter Thanks to all for the help in piecing this together. Note to FF developers: KISS Keep it simple is a better policy. The Bluebar is a distraction that the old blinking text that was removed in CSS

Modified by bugamode433T

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McCoy
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@ bugamode433T :

"browser.urlbar.OneOffSearches" applies to the bar that lists a number of search engines - you set its value to "false" to disable it.

"services.sync.prefs.sync.browser.urlbar.maxRichResults " applies to a Sync account .....

@ bugamode433T : "browser.urlbar.OneOffSearches" applies to the bar that lists a number of search engines - you set its value to "false" to disable it. "services.sync.prefs.sync.browser.urlbar.maxRichResults " applies to a Sync account .....
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jscher2000
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bugamode433T said

Note to FF developers: KISS Keep it simple is a better policy. The Bluebar is a distraction that the old blinking text that was removed in CSS

FYI, the blue bar was introduced in Firefox 43 (Dec. 2015) when search was more strongly integrated into the address bar. It informs you of the action that will occur if you press Enter or click the arrow button in the address bar. I am not aware of any plans to get rid of this old feature now.

''bugamode433T [[#answer-1202222|said]]'' <blockquote> Note to FF developers: KISS Keep it simple is a better policy. The Bluebar is a distraction that the old blinking text that was removed in CSS </blockquote> FYI, the blue bar was introduced in Firefox 43 (Dec. 2015) when search was more strongly integrated into the address bar. It informs you of the action that will occur if you press Enter or click the arrow button in the address bar. I am not aware of any plans to get rid of this old feature now.
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