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Drop down menu not showing most recently visited websites

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Until the most recently Firefox update (7/1/20), when I clicked in my address bar, it would drop down and show the web sites I visited most frequently. Now, when I click in the address bar, it shows a bunch of random websites, some of which I only visited once a long time ago. How do I get the drop down menu back to how it was before the update? Thanks.

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Hi richardstephan, as I'm sure you may 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 would drop down automatically.

There was a workaround for Firefox 75-77 to switch that to your classic frequently visited URLs list by disabling the Top Sites section of the new tab page. Sounds like you were using that. That doesn't work any more in Firefox 78.

So... what are your options?

(A) When you type a space, Firefox will show the frequently visited URLs list as a match for that, but it's not automatic/mouseable

(B) You could 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:

(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.

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Hi richardstephan, as I'm sure you may 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 would drop down automatically.

There was a workaround for Firefox 75-77 to switch that to your classic frequently visited URLs list by disabling the Top Sites section of the new tab page. Sounds like you were using that. That doesn't work any more in Firefox 78.

So... what are your options?

(A) When you type a space, Firefox will show the frequently visited URLs list as a match for that, but it's not automatic/mouseable

(B) You could 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:

(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.

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