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Bye-Bye Smart Location Bar

Posted: July 13, 2008 in firefox, how to
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I like Firefox. I’ve used it for years, and it is my browser of choice on all computers that I regularly use. Unfortunately, Firefox 3 introduced a new “feature,” the Smart Location Bar, that I don’t like. I dislike it so much, that on the first computer I upgraded, this was a work-stopping issue until I found a way to get rid of it. For me, it was primarily an annoyance that cluttered my screen, and its behavior was in some ways similar to those annoying pop-ups that we all try to hard to avoid.

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When I first encountered the Smart Location Bar, I quickly found several Google hits that pointed me to step-by-step instructions for disabling it. (I also found at least one video tutorial which, strangely enough, was incomplete in its instructions.) As I Googled around, I also quickly came to the realization that this was a major annoyance for many, many people. The Mozilla folks have since added their own instructions for disabling the Smart Location Bar. They provided a set of clear, step-by-step instructions that should get most people where they need to go. However, knowing that some people benefit from visuals, I thought I would provide some instructions with a few graphics.

1. Launch Firefox.
Type “about:config” (without the quotation marks) into the address bar.
Press the <ENTER> key or click the Go To Page icon beside the address bar.

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2. This brings up a not-so-scary warranty that you might void your warranty. Click the button indicating that you’ll promise to be careful to move on to the next step.

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3. In the filter box, type “browser.urlbar.maxRichResults” (again, without the quotation marks). As you type this in, Firefox will automatically search for it and display the correct string.

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4. Double-click this preference, and enter the value -1. Then close Firefox and re-launch it.

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5. Close Firefox and re-launch it. The Smart Location Bar should now be gone.

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