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How do I remove or disable auto sign-in feature?

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How do I remove or disable auto sign-in feature?

I've searched the Firefox Help section and have followed all suggestions for clearing histories, etc. Yet when I open the Firefox browser and type: www.a into the address bar, it automatically fills-in www.amazon.com. Where is this info held, and how can I keep Firefox from 'suggesting' Web destinations when I (or someone else) types-in just the start of an often-used address? In addition to asking Firefox to forget histories, I regularly run Ccleaner as well, which has always worked to solve this situation with Internet Expolorer, yet Firefox insists in linking the letter 'a' to amazon.com. Help! ...and thanks.

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Re: How do I remove or disable auto sign-in feature?

Hello Electrojim, Welcome to Mozilla Support!

There are two ways you can do this (that I know of).

The first most user friendly method is to go to your firefox settings (on a Windows Vista computer, this would be under the orange firefox button > options). From there, navigate to the Privacy tab. On the bottom of this screen you will find an option for your location bar. Simply select "Nothing" from the dropdown menu next to "When using the location bar, suggest:" and you are good to go.

The second less user friendly (but maybe quicker) method is to go to about:config (type this in your address bar), then search for "browser.urlbar.autoFill" and set it's boolean value to false by double clicking it.

I hope this helps.

-- Jørgen Juel

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Re: How do I remove or disable auto sign-in feature?

Hello Electrojim, Welcome to Mozilla Support!

There are two ways you can do this (that I know of).

The first most user friendly method is to go to your firefox settings (on a Windows Vista computer, this would be under the orange firefox button > options). From there, navigate to the Privacy tab. On the bottom of this screen you will find an option for your location bar. Simply select "Nothing" from the dropdown menu next to "When using the location bar, suggest:" and you are good to go.

The second less user friendly (but maybe quicker) method is to go to about:config (type this in your address bar), then search for "browser.urlbar.autoFill" and set it's boolean value to false by double clicking it.

I hope this helps.

-- Jørgen Juel

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Re: How do I remove or disable auto sign-in feature?

See also "Prevent Firefox from automatically completing URLs":

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Re: How do I remove or disable auto sign-in feature?

Those ideas worked a treat. Thanks to you both. I'm becoming a great fan of Firefox; I only wish my mail client (MS's Windows Live Mail) didn't insist on using IE to show HTML.

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Re: How do I remove or disable auto sign-in feature?

I'm glad I could help!

Regarding your new question: Make sure Firefox is set as your default browser for links to automatically open in FF. To do so go to the same options panel you went to earlier, but this time go to the "Advanced" tab, go to the bottom and click the box "Make Firefox my standard browser" - and links should now open in Firefox.

Have you considered using the Thunberbird email client? It is quite diferent from Windows Live Mail, but in my opinion much better. It also has the same Add-on capability like Firefox has.

-- Jørgen Juel

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Re: How do I remove or disable auto sign-in feature?

Thanks, Jørgen; It may be inappropriate to discuss Thunderbird issues in this forum, but here goes anyway (under pain of banishment or even death, perhaps). I have downloaded Tbird and experimented with it. What I find lacking is the multi-account utility of WLM; that is, a common "see it all" inbox common to all accounts, but then individual in/draft/sent/junk boxes for each separate account. As I maintain two personal and two business e-mail personae, this is a 'must.' An MS-basher friend, who uses Tbird under Linux, tells me that I can indeed impart this functionality to Tbird, but it requires some custom setting-up or adding-on, which frightens me no small amount. I could share a screenshot illustrating the WLM screen and its virtues, but am reluctant to post such to a forum.