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How to stop the address bar from getting large and hiding parts of my favorites

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I do not care for how the address bar swells in size. I find it annoying and not useful as I use a separate search bar which is the ONLY reason I use Firefox instead of Chrome. Please tell me how to revert back to the previous was this worked. This is one new feature that I find annoying as it hides part of the items underneath it.

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Hello cjancola,

Just in case you don't want to add userChrome.css code,
and in addition to jscher2000's post :

This is a temporary fix, but I am optimistically hoping that they will give us the opportunity to permanently disable this new feature.

Would you do this please :

Type in the address bar about:config and press Enter. (ignore the warning)

Type in the search bar and look for the preference :

browser.urlbar.openViewOnFocus

and set its value to false

Do the same with these preferences :

browser.urlbar.update1 (already mentioned by jscher2000)

browser.urlbar.update1.interventions

browser.urlbar.update1.searchTips

Then close and restart Firefox.

(edit : typo)

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I've created some userChrome.css code to address the annoying growing and shrinking of the address bar, if that's a feature that you don't like. You can download the code from here.

If you've never used userChrome styling modifications before, refer to How to Create a userChrome.css File for more information.

Hope this helps.

NOTE: A couple of people have tried this code adn it doesn't work for them. If that's the case for you as well, I'm working on fixing it.

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Not sure I understand as this is not Chrome, it's Firefox.

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It's a common misunderstanding.

"Chrome" is a term in the technology industry that's been used long before Google Chrome was invented. It just refers to the visible parts of the browser that aren't part of the website you are viewing. That's why many of the internal files in Firefox (and other browsers) have references to "chrome".

For example, if you enter chrome://browser/content/browser.xhtml into the address bar in Firefox, it will open part of the Firefox interface like a regular website.

The technology term "chrome" is actually why Google Chrome has it's name: Because it's Google's version of a chrome.

So the userChrome.css file is a file where you (the user) can edit the style of (using CSS code) the chrome.

Изменено Wesley Branton

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Perhaps temporarily, there is a preference to revert the new megabar design back to the Firefox 74 design:

(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

This doesn't change any currently displayed windows, but will take effect in new windows, or after the next time you exit and restart Firefox.


Update 4/13/2020

This preference to turn off the "Megabar" works in Firefox 75 and probably will work in Firefox 76. Eventually it will go away when the old code is removed. The other way to tame the enlargement problem would be custom style rules in a userChrome.css file (as discussed in other parts of this thread).

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Wesley Branton said

I've created some userChrome.css code to address the annoying growing and shrinking of the address bar, if that's a feature that you don't like. You can download the code from here.

You might consider adding this to address complaints about the shadow cast on the Bookmarks Toolbar:

/* Use the default box shadow, not a huge one */
#urlbar[breakout][breakout-extend] > #urlbar-background {
    box-shadow: 0 1px 4px rgba(0,0,0,.05) !important;
}

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Hello cjancola,

Just in case you don't want to add userChrome.css code,
and in addition to jscher2000's post :

This is a temporary fix, but I am optimistically hoping that they will give us the opportunity to permanently disable this new feature.

Would you do this please :

Type in the address bar about:config and press Enter. (ignore the warning)

Type in the search bar and look for the preference :

browser.urlbar.openViewOnFocus

and set its value to false

Do the same with these preferences :

browser.urlbar.update1 (already mentioned by jscher2000)

browser.urlbar.update1.interventions

browser.urlbar.update1.searchTips

Then close and restart Firefox.

(edit : typo)

Изменено McCoy

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jscher2000 said

Wesley Branton said
I've created some userChrome.css code to address the annoying growing and shrinking of the address bar, if that's a feature that you don't like. You can download the code from here.

You might consider adding this to address complaints about the shadow cast on the Bookmarks Toolbar:

/* Use the default box shadow, not a huge one */
#urlbar[breakout][breakout-extend] > #urlbar-background {
    box-shadow: 0 1px 4px rgba(0,0,0,.05) 
I don't understand what you mean.  How can I add this to address complaints?

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Hi cjancola, sorry for the confusion, I was addressing that to Wesley Branton to consider adding to his set of userChrome.css rules.

If you reverted the address bar to its Firefox 74 behavior using the preference in about:config, then this isn't necessary for you at this time.

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