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when a link is rolled over by the mouse pointer a very annoying pop up with the link address shows up. There seems to be no way to prevent this from happening. How can this pop up be made to go away?


no matter what website, every time I move the mouse pointer over something to click on a line of black printing in a thin white box pops up at the bottom of the screen and shows me the http address of the item I'm about to click on. I want to shut this function off or remove it if possible. I find that the previous version did not do this, it seems to be unique to 6.0. It's VERY distracting and ANNOYING. How can I make it go away????

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Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

as soon as 6.0 was installed

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Toad-Hall 29 solutions 202 answers

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When you hover the mouse cursor over any link, it will display the link details at the bottom left of the screen; black font on white background. This display can be very important as it shows the full address of the hyperlink. This can be particulary useful for checking on whether the link is bona-fida. For example; if you receive an email that looks like it is from a bank , hovering over the link will indicate instantly that the link is pretending to be something it isn't. Another example that can be useful; a website link may say 'contact me' rather than give the actual email address. However, when you hover over the link, the actual email address will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. If you click on the link then Outlook usually opens, however I do not use Outlook, so displaying the email address is useful.

This display is something that has always been present and it is also displayed if you use IE.

However, I can see that this annoys you, so you could try the following: [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fire.../?src=api] After installing the addon, you will need to restart Firefox, then go to History and Restore previous session to get all your tabs and webpages back. You will now find that when you hover over any link, it will now display in your address bar on the right hand side.

If this helps, please say this question has been solved.

Modified by Toad-Hall

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that worked amazingly well! many thanks.

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This is another extension that you can look at.

debc55 0 solutions 1 answers

I have the opposite of this problem! I used to get the link address at the bottom left of my screen whenever I moused over a link.... and now I don't. I WANT to see the link's full address.... how do I get this setting back again?

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Start Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox (Tools) > Add-ons > Appearance/Themes).