deactivate search within address bar
- the suggested remedies do not work. I have tried several. This is driving me mad.
You want to prevent the cursor moving from the search bar in the built-in Firefox Home / new tab page up to the address bar the moment you type the first character? There is a preference for that, but it does take a bit of work to find it because of the unusual name:
(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 in the page, type or paste handoff and pause while the list is filtered
(3) Double-click the browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.improvesearch.handoffToAwesomebar preference to switch the value from true to false
More info on about:config: Configuration Editor for Firefox.