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How to display just url in the url bar?

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Firefox displays long and useless website descriptions in the URL bar. How can I force it to behave as it was originally designed decades ago and display just URLs of visited websites?

Example:

Now I can see the following entry in the URL Bar drop down list: "Electronics, Cars, Fashon, Collectibles, Coupons and More | eBay"

I would like to see: "www.ebay.co.uk"

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Hi ralphos, the drop-down showing website matches lists both the page title and the page URL. Since Firefox may be finding the match in either those, this helps you spot the reason for the suggestion being listed.

There isn't any built-in feature to hide the titles on the Autocomplete drop-down, but it is possible to modify the appearance of the drop-down using custom style rules in a userChrome.css file. It's a bit of a project to customize to your exact liking, but if you have some free time, here's how to give it a try with the old URL-on-the-left, title-on-the-right format from way back around Firefox 2.

If you already have a userChrome.css file:

Start with step (C) below. Then add the new rules in the downloaded file to the end of the rules in your existing userChrome.css file.

If you have never set up a userChrome.css file:

Allow about 10 minutes for this:

(A) Create a new chrome folder in your profile folder

The following article has the detailed steps for that (#1, #2, and I recommend #3)

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

Feel free to watch my boring videos for Windows or Mac there.

(B) Set your OS to show file extensions

See Step #4 in the above article.

(C) Download the following file and move it into your new chrome folder

https://www.userchrome.org/samples/userChrome-oldStyleURLbarDropdown.css

(D) Rename the file to just userChrome.css

Windows: You can right-click the file, then Rename, then remove the -oldStyleURLbarDropdown part from the file name so you end up with exactly userChrome.css and then click away to complete the edit.

Mac: To make the name of a file editable, you can select the file in Finder and press Return, or you can "force-click" it if you have one of the new touchpads. Remove the -oldStyleURLbarDropdown part from the file name so you end up with exactly userChrome.css and then click away to complete the edit.

The next time you exit Firefox and start it up again, it should discover that file and apply the rules. When I test in a fairly clean new profile, it looks like the attached.

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Hi ralphos, the drop-down showing website matches lists both the page title and the page URL. Since Firefox may be finding the match in either those, this helps you spot the reason for the suggestion being listed.

There isn't any built-in feature to hide the titles on the Autocomplete drop-down, but it is possible to modify the appearance of the drop-down using custom style rules in a userChrome.css file. It's a bit of a project to customize to your exact liking, but if you have some free time, here's how to give it a try with the old URL-on-the-left, title-on-the-right format from way back around Firefox 2.

If you already have a userChrome.css file:

Start with step (C) below. Then add the new rules in the downloaded file to the end of the rules in your existing userChrome.css file.

If you have never set up a userChrome.css file:

Allow about 10 minutes for this:

(A) Create a new chrome folder in your profile folder

The following article has the detailed steps for that (#1, #2, and I recommend #3)

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

Feel free to watch my boring videos for Windows or Mac there.

(B) Set your OS to show file extensions

See Step #4 in the above article.

(C) Download the following file and move it into your new chrome folder

https://www.userchrome.org/samples/userChrome-oldStyleURLbarDropdown.css

(D) Rename the file to just userChrome.css

Windows: You can right-click the file, then Rename, then remove the -oldStyleURLbarDropdown part from the file name so you end up with exactly userChrome.css and then click away to complete the edit.

Mac: To make the name of a file editable, you can select the file in Finder and press Return, or you can "force-click" it if you have one of the new touchpads. Remove the -oldStyleURLbarDropdown part from the file name so you end up with exactly userChrome.css and then click away to complete the edit.

The next time you exit Firefox and start it up again, it should discover that file and apply the rules. When I test in a fairly clean new profile, it looks like the attached.

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Brilliant! It works!

THANK YOU!