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Remove "Search with google" and "Search with" from the address bar drop down list

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In version 75 when I click in the address bar, a list of my most common sites appears, but at the TOP of this list are search with google and also These are options I do not want to see, just "my" web sites. How can I remove these two items from the drop down list? Thanks.

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Thanks, that worked.

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hi, the entries in the address bar dropdown menu are drawn from the top sites on your new tab page since firefox 75. you can easily adjust those:


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Thanks, that worked.


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siroctopusuk said

Thanks, that worked.

Hello siroctopusuk,

Would you be so kind as to mark Philipp's post as Chosen Solution ?

It's the "Solved the problem" button to the right of his post.

Thank you inadvance !


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I have the same problem with the address bar dropdown menu. For some reason "Search with Google" has been pinned up there after my last update. No triple dots to select.

I do not use google usage at all, no youtube, no Gmail, no other Alphabet Inc crap.

________________ Found a solution. Go to settings -> Search -> And remove google from the search engine alternatives. Don't just uncheck; Purge it. PURGE! (Remove)

Modified by adam.jonsson


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Hi adam.jonsson, that works, but I think it wastes a slot on your Top Sites list (only 8 sites are listed).

As I'm sure you recall, Firefox 75 introduced a new behavior to the address bar: when the focus (cursor) moves into the bar, a list of your first 8 Top Sites from the Firefox Home / new tab page would drop down automatically.

The preference to disable the automatic opening changed name and now there's a checkbox on the Options/Preferences page. If you want to keep an automatic opening list, you can clean it up on the Firefox Home / new tab page. Here are some tips on that.

Get Rid of the Automatic Opening List

There is a new checkbox for that on the Options page, under Privacy & Security, Address Bar:

Show the classic Frequently Visited URLs List

When you type a space into the bar, Firefox will show the frequently visited URLs list as a match for that. Anything else I suggest will give you a slightly different list.

You can clean up the Top Sites list Firefox uses automatically. Firefox should fill up the list with frequently visited URLs after you clear out unwanted items, although this might take a little time to accumulate. Here's how:

Manual Cleanup Method

(1) At least temporarily, you need to turn the Top Sites section of the Firefox Home / news tab page back on: Hide or display content in New Tab

(2) Open about:newtab or about:home to display the Top Sites list. You can remove unwanted "Top Sites" by hovering your mouse over them, clicking the menu button that appears, and using either unpin (to let the site float back into a frequency-based order) or dismiss if you never want to see it. More info: Customize the New Tab page.

Flush Pinned Tabs Method

If you have never customized the list and want to clear it, you can try this approach I saw suggested on Reddit:

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

(B) In the search box in the page, type or paste newt and pause while the list is filtered

(C) On the row for the browser.newtabpage.pinned preference, click the trash can icon at the right end to empty it. (Or you can double-click the value to display an editing field, delete the contents, then press Enter or click the blue check mark button to save the change.)

More info on about:config: Configuration Editor for Firefox.


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