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How to stop URL bar from enlarging on click?

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I am used to double clicking to select words in the URL bar. Not too long ago Firefox had an update where if you click on the URL bar then it would enlarge a bit. When it enlarges, so does the font, meaning that if I try to double click a word, the font resizing could shift the text. It is something minor, but something I am so used to doing. I was wondering if I could go back to the old URL bar that only got a blue highlight on click.

I am used to double clicking to select words in the URL bar. Not too long ago Firefox had an update where if you click on the URL bar then it would enlarge a bit. When it enlarges, so does the font, meaning that if I try to double click a word, the font resizing could shift the text. It is something minor, but something I am so used to doing. I was wondering if I could go back to the old URL bar that only got a blue highlight on click.

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In Nightly, there is a specific preference for this in about:config called

browser.urlbar.update1

previously known as

browser.urlbar.megabar

Setting that to false will revert the bar to its more typical behavior in new windows (the windows that are already open seem to keep the megabar behavior until the next session).

For anyone unfamiliar:

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

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste URLB and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the browser.urlbar.update1 preference to switch the value from true to false

Note: This preference does not exist in Firefox 71-72.

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Senali Madawala
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Type about:config in address bar and Enter. Search " browser.urlbar.suggest.openpage " in search bar. Then set browser.urlbar.suggest.openpage to false. This will also fix the overlapping issue that some might be having with hidden urlbars.

Type about:config in address bar and Enter. Search " browser.urlbar.suggest.openpage " in search bar. Then set browser.urlbar.suggest.openpage to false. This will also fix the overlapping issue that some might be having with hidden urlbars.
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Hi Senali,

unfortunately this does not solve my problem. My problem is not the search suggestions, or what is typed or suggested in the URL bar, my problem is that the URL bar becomes a little bit bigger when you click on it, and when you click away it goes to normal size again. I want it to stay the same size at all times. See the attached images.

Hi Senali, unfortunately this does not solve my problem. My problem is not the search suggestions, or what is typed or suggested in the URL bar, my problem is that the URL bar becomes a little bit bigger when you click on it, and when you click away it goes to normal size again. I want it to stay the same size at all times. See the attached images.
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jscher2000
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In Nightly, there is a specific preference for this in about:config called

browser.urlbar.update1

previously known as

browser.urlbar.megabar

Setting that to false will revert the bar to its more typical behavior in new windows (the windows that are already open seem to keep the megabar behavior until the next session).

For anyone unfamiliar:

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

(2) In the search box above the list, type or paste URLB and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the browser.urlbar.update1 preference to switch the value from true to false

Note: This preference does not exist in Firefox 71-72.

In Nightly, there is a specific preference for this in about:config called browser.urlbar.update1 previously known as browser.urlbar.megabar Setting that to false will revert the bar to its more typical behavior in new windows (the windows that are already open seem to keep the megabar behavior until the next session). ''For anyone unfamiliar:'' (1) In a new tab, type or paste '''about:config''' in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk. (2) In the search box above the list, type or paste '''URLB''' and pause while the list is filtered (3) Double-click the '''browser.urlbar.update1''' preference to switch the value from true to false ''Note: This preference does not exist in Firefox 71-72.''

Modified by jscher2000

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Question owner

Thank you jscher2000, that is exactly what I was looking for!

Thank you jscher2000, that is exactly what I was looking for!
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