How to Disable URL Autocomplete in Firefox 14 Address bar

by Venkat eswarlu on June 11, 2012

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Firefox address bar aka awesome bar starts to show suggestions in a drop down menu when you start typing you can then select any URL by using mouse pointer or with up/down arrow keys. Firefox had “browser.urlbar.autoFill” preference which is turned off by default for ages now, Mozilla decided to turn on by default for Firefox 14 Beta which we’ve covered recently. This feature fills URL automatically in address bar when you type  however best match found by awesome bar may not be what you’re wanting to visit that’s one downside. Another downside is of this feature when compared to Chrome’s Omni box is instead of showing full page URL of most visited site it only fills website URL, for example when you’ve visited “ http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/release-preview” in the past it now fills “Windows.Microsoft.com/” only when you type “win” however you can select the full URL from dropdown also.

Here Firefox stopping its Autocomplete of URL at URL fragment separator i.e  at ‘Windows.Microsoft.com/“ while Chrome autocompletes the full URL for you. Though with this feature in place you can also select URL from suggestions in drop down, incase if you don’t find this feature useful, you can disable it here is how.

Firefox inline URL Autocomplete thumb How to Disable URL Autocomplete in Firefox 14 Address bar

Disabling Firefox’s Awesome bar URL Autocomplete feature

1. Type about:config in the address bar and press enter.

2. Find "browser.urlbar.autoFill” preference and set its value to “False”.

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Leito July 18, 2012 at 2:32 am

Thanks for the tip!

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nikolai July 19, 2012 at 4:11 am

thanks. i hate that being made default. >>

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Tats July 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Thanks. Autofill is annoying.

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Hunter X July 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm

My main problem with Autofill is that if I’m skipping through different combinations of letters to decide where to visit, I need to double-tap the backspace key to delete letters every time.

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Lee January 17, 2013 at 5:37 am

That exactly was my problem, too. Thanks so much to the author of this article!

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Venkat January 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

Hi this is venkat, author of this article! you’re welcome.

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Álvaro G. Vicario July 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Thanks a lot for the tip.

My issue with autofill is that it doesn’s choose the top (best) match from awesome bar, which is often the one I want because it tends to select sites I visit most. Instead, it seems to pick an arbitrary URL from recent history I’ve possibly visited once.

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Venkat July 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm

You’re welcome.

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KarenX July 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

Thank you! It was driving me crazy! And to Alvaro… even though I disabled this autofill suggestion thing, my autofill still pulls from my history to fill in the address of the places I go to all the time.

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Thomas July 26, 2012 at 3:55 am

Thank you so much for this. I’m glad they like Google Chrome’s auto-fill, but I hated it, and it’s one reason I stuck with Firefox.

Thank you!

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Astrit July 31, 2012 at 5:39 am

@KarenX the autofull forms/history is a completely different story from what this post suggests. You need to go to Tools>Options>Privacy and disable the history recording from there (for forms and browsing).

The post bellow, it just disables that annoying URL filler (which caused me to mistype a URL a hundred of times LoL).

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Walf August 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Thanks! This was killing my keywords for bookmarks and searches.

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Hugh Jawgon August 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Thanks for posting the fix for this, it was very annoying.

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David August 27, 2012 at 7:27 am

I tried the “fix” restarted FF and I still get the annoying list of sites FF thinks I might be looking for as I’m typing a url. Grrr…..

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dd September 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Thank you! I hate it when programs are trying to be smarter than they’re supposed to :)

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Ian Thomas (@ianmthomasuk) March 11, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Thanks! I’ve regularly been going to the wrong address with this “feature”.

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