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Disable focus in the address bar for new tabs

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Hello, I personally dislike the new address bar (also known as Megabar), mainly because it is enlarged without any user intervention, even if I only want to open a bookmark without typing anything in there.

Is there a setting in about:config to disable focus in the address bar for new tabs? Thanks.

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Hello Underpass,

I don't know what they were thinking implementing this "new feature", but (for now, as this seems to be only a temporary fix) would you do this please :

Type in the address bar about"config and press Enter. (ignore the warning)

Type in the search bar and look for the preference :


and set its value to false

Do the same with these preferences :




Then close and restart Firefox.

(if it's only the Top Sites suggestions that you want to get rid of : setting the value of first preference to "false" will do that)


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Sorry, I know this way but I don't want to disable this feature altogether: I only want to disable the focus when opening new tabs.


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Sorry, my bad .....

I've been searching to find a way to disable focus on the address bar when opening a new tab, to no avail .....

There used to be a preference on the "about:config" page that you could toggle, but not anymore  :(

I'm hoping that someone else will come up with the perfect solution.


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Your question kept me thinking and trying to find a way to disable the focus from the address bar .....

Couldn't find anything online, no matter where or how I searched.

You could bookmark all Top Sites on the new tab page and then use this add-on :

Or you could just do what I have been doing so far :

Ignore the fact that the focus is on the address bar and just click on the tile that I want to use (or enter a URL in the address bar).

But again : maybe someone else will come up with the perfect solution to disable the focus on the address bar .....


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