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I used to be able to copy a url before the page had loaded, now i can only copy a url once the page has loaded - i use this a lot for work and its a pain - fix?

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If I click on the link I want (as per the image) I would instantly be able to copy the link and paste it in an email. I now can't do this. I now have to wait for the page to be fully loaded, which is a pain as I like to work quickly and this takes time when I have slow internet connection. I also reply to email etc without internet connection sometime so this is not ideal Any ideas?

If I click on the link I want (as per the image) I would instantly be able to copy the link and paste it in an email. I now can't do this. I now have to wait for the page to be fully loaded, which is a pain as I like to work quickly and this takes time when I have slow internet connection. I also reply to email etc without internet connection sometime so this is not ideal Any ideas?
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Hi SShalgi, if I understand what you're saying, you click a suggestion from history or bookmarks, and Firefox starts loading that page, but if you try to copy the URL from the address bar while it is still loading, it doesn't work correctly.

What are you seeing: does Firefox capture about:blank or the previous URL instead of the new one?

When I want to copy a URL from the drop-down, I actually don't click it. This is my method:

  • Use the down arrow key on the keyboard to select the history item -- Firefox shows its URL in the address bar
  • Select the entire URL in the address bar (for example, Ctrl+A on Windows, Command+A on Mac)
  • Copy the URL
  • Press the Esc key to return the URL bar to its previous status (for example, the address of the current page).

Maybe using that approach would save you some unnecessary/unwanted page loads?

(I use Windows, but hopefully you'll be able to use a similar trick on Mac.)

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Hi SShalgi, if I understand what you're saying, you click a suggestion from history or bookmarks, and Firefox starts loading that page, but if you try to copy the URL from the address bar while it is still loading, it doesn't work correctly.

What are you seeing: does Firefox capture about:blank or the previous URL instead of the new one?

When I want to copy a URL from the drop-down, I actually don't click it. This is my method:

  • Use the down arrow key on the keyboard to select the history item -- Firefox shows its URL in the address bar
  • Select the entire URL in the address bar (for example, Ctrl+A on Windows, Command+A on Mac)
  • Copy the URL
  • Press the Esc key to return the URL bar to its previous status (for example, the address of the current page).

Maybe using that approach would save you some unnecessary/unwanted page loads?

(I use Windows, but hopefully you'll be able to use a similar trick on Mac.)

Hi SShalgi, if I understand what you're saying, you click a suggestion from history or bookmarks, and Firefox starts loading that page, but if you try to copy the URL from the address bar while it is still loading, it doesn't work correctly. What are you seeing: does Firefox capture about:blank or the previous URL instead of the new one? When I want to copy a URL from the drop-down, I actually don't click it. This is my method: * Use the down arrow key on the keyboard to select the history item -- Firefox shows its URL in the address bar * Select the entire URL in the address bar (for example, Ctrl+A on Windows, Command+A on Mac) * Copy the URL * Press the Esc key to return the URL bar to its previous status (for example, the address of the current page). Maybe using that approach would save you some unnecessary/unwanted page loads? (I use Windows, but hopefully you'll be able to use a similar trick on Mac.)
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You can use cursor Right to copy a selected item to the location bar without opening this link.

You can use cursor Right to copy a selected item to the location bar without opening this link.
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This is still unfortunately a longer process than how it used to be for me. I don't know what happened and why i can't just copy the link before the page loads like I used to. Any other ideas?

This is still unfortunately a longer process than how it used to be for me. I don't know what happened and why i can't just copy the link before the page loads like I used to. Any other ideas?
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Hi SShalgi, what ends up on the clipboard when you try to copy the URL while it's still loading: does Firefox capture nothing, or "about:blank", or the previous URL instead of the new one?

(I'm having trouble testing because using the method you described, it takes longer for me to focus the address bar and copy than it takes for the page to load.)

Hi SShalgi, what ends up on the clipboard when you try to copy the URL while it's still loading: does Firefox capture nothing, or "about:blank", or the previous URL instead of the new one? (I'm having trouble testing because using the method you described, it takes longer for me to focus the address bar and copy than it takes for the page to load.)
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It has the previous thing I copied so it doesn't even copy anything

It has the previous thing I copied so it doesn't even copy anything
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Do you want to try a different workaround? I don't know whether this will work better for you, but if you prefer your old style of working, it might work better. That would be to switch from the new Quantumbar code to the old address bar code:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk.

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

(3) Double-click the browser.urlbar.quantumbar preference to switch the value from true to false

I don't remember whether that takes effect immediately, or only in new windows, or only after quitting and restarting Firefox.

Do you want to try a different workaround? I don't know whether this will work better for you, but if you prefer your old style of working, it might work better. That would be to switch from the new Quantumbar code to the old address bar code: (1) In a new tab, type or paste '''about:config''' in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk. (2) In the search box above the list, type or paste '''URLB''' and pause while the list is filtered (3) Double-click the '''browser.urlbar.quantumbar''' preference to switch the value from true to false I don't remember whether that takes effect immediately, or only in new windows, or only after quitting and restarting Firefox.
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You absolute beauty! Thank you that worked a treat. (No need to restart firefox). Thanks!

You absolute beauty! Thank you that worked a treat. (No need to restart firefox). Thanks!
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