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address bar downgrade

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what is the logic behind the moronic popout address bar? why was the arrow button removed? was there perhaps a petition signed by millions asking for it? I don't remember seeing one. why was the option to disable it removed with the latest release? do you think we all want to use Firefox but feel like we're using Chrome? copying your competitor in order to attract its users isn't exactly the best USP. it serves no purpose whatsoever, and everything about it hurts the eye - the sparsed out list when you click on it, the fading edges, the whole white-blue mobile-on-desktop aesthetic, it's just hideous.

why can't this nonsense be made optional? if there are hordes of bored developers who need to justify their existence by fiddling with stuff that nobody complains about then fine, let them go at it, but make it optional for those of us who don't want to live by corporate diktat, and whose opnions and feedback you so profess to care about.

I despair, I really do. I've been using FF pretty much since it began, and if this isn't fixed with the next relase, I'm happy to wave goodbye, not that anyone cares, but there you have it.

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The people who answer questions here, for the most part, are other Firefox users volunteering their time (like me), not Mozilla employees or Firefox developers.

If you want to leave feedback for Firefox developers, you can go to the Firefox Help menu and select Submit Feedback... or use this link. Your feedback gets collected by a team of people who read it and gather data about the most common issues.

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Hi whatnot, I don't know the prospects for changes to the design in the near term, but of course you've heard about workarounds developed by the user community to address the "enlargement" behavior as well as options for modifying the top sites list.

Tame the Enlargement

For example, see: /questions/1290682

Top Sites List

By default, when the cursor enters the address bar, Firefox pops down a list of the first 8 Top Sites from the Firefox Home / new tab page. This eliminates the need for a specific button for that, but it is awkward getting the list back if you want to access it after typing something in the bar. Here are some options:

Manage Your List

You can pin, unpin, remove, rearrange, and add URLs to your first 8 Top Sites using the Top Sites section on the new tab page (internal address about:newtab). More info: Customize items on your Firefox New Tab page.

Alternately, if you prefer that Firefox drop down the classic frequently visited URLs list instead, you can disable the Top Sites section from appearing on the new tab page. More info: Customize your New Tab page to hide or display content.

Currently, there isn't a way to have both of those: Top Sites on the new tab, automatic history list in the address bar. Maybe that will come eventually.

Summon Your List

You may have modified the preference in about:config for whether the list opens automatically. In Firefox 75-77, that is browser. urlbar. openViewOnFocus (without spaces, but it's tripping the link filter). When this is true, the list opens automatically. When it's false, you can trigger the history list to appear by typing a space in the address bar.

I also created an add-on to show a similar history list. Can't post a link at the moment, but if you select this phrase, right-click, and send it to your favorite search engine, they should find it:

Show History Frequent Sites Button addons mozilla org

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I don't know what did I do, but now when I start typing in the ugly heck?

and why am I supposed to spend hours reading about some scc crap, just because some developer decided to wreck a feature which worked perfectly fine? and then they come begging for donations, mind boggles.

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Modified by Chris Ilias

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Hi whatnot, there are a couple ways to hide the drop-down with about:config changes:

(1) Setting the number of rows to display on the drop-down to zero

If the browser.urlbar.maxRichResults preference has a value of zero, double-click it to display an editing field, and change it back to 10 or whatever you like, then press Enter or click the blue check mark button to save the change.

(2) Creating a test preference mentioned on some sites to avoid enlargement

If you created a preference named browser.urlbar.disableExtendForTests, click the trash can at the right end of the row to remove it.

Otherwise, what have you modified recently?