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How to have url bar drop down list be simple recent history

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I would like a simple recent history list displayed when I click on the down-arrow on the right end of URL entry box. By which I mean a simple most-recently-visited-on-the-top list of URLs. What I get by default is a list that makes absolutely no sense to me, is in some unknown order, and is of no value whatsoever. I have no idea what algorithm is used to populate the list that is displayed leaving the URL line completely blank. I can't find an option that would set this list mode. I find the awesome bar awesomely annoying as is.

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The drop down arrow at the far right shows a list of websites that you have typed or pasted in the location bar based on frecency (visit bonus points).

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I'm not sure what that list is... it seems to be sites I've visited during the current session, but the order isn't obvious.

(The bar works best as a search tool, i.e., type a few characters and get the most frequently/recently visited matches, as well as similar bookmarks.)

If no one can think of a specific setting for this, you might need an add-on. You can search here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

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As a temporary workaround, you might consider using the History drop-down menu or History sidebar (Ctrl+h => you may need to use the View button to change the order).

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Thanks much for you reply. I don't know why it did not dawn on me that the menu bar History item will display what I want - DUH! IE does not have a History item easily accessible from its menu bar (buried under Favorites - a few more clicks needed), and I guess that since I used IE for such a long time I did not even notice that History is easily accessed on the Firefox menu bar. I agree that the URL line that follows you along as you type (autocomplete) is quite useful; IE has that feature as well so it seemed quite "normal" to see that behavior in Firefox. Also as you state, I can see no discernible pattern to what is displayed in the drop down list when the URL box is left empty. Perhaps someday the programmer will describe the algorithm.

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Vybrané riešenie

The drop down arrow at the far right shows a list of websites that you have typed or pasted in the location bar based on frecency (visit bonus points).

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Thanks to cor-el for pointing to the algorithm that describes how the list is populated. However, it seems like a lot of work to make the content of the list not very useful, at least by my definition of useful and, it appears from other I know, not useful to them either. I'm a software developer myself and am quite aware that things that seem useful, "cool" or "cute" to a developer may not appear that way to end users - one of the problems of knowing the software too well from the inside coupled with a large dose of "group think". In any case, I know now I what is going on, will ignore it completely, will use the History item on the File menu to achieve what I wanted in the first place, and will use that list only as a mechanism for auto-completing what I am typing into the URL line - which does work well, and is useful to me.