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Disabling http(s) trimming from Firefox address bar

Some time ago, the Firefox developers decided it was a good idea to trim the http(s):// from the address in the address bar. Since then, I’ve been getting HTTPS site where I don’t want it, because I can’t see what I’m doing. Especially so because HTTPS has no concept of virtual host names, and putting https:// in front of any domain might put you on a completely different web site. So, when I accidentally typed https:// in front of an URL once, it will remember that, but not show me…

Luckily it can be disabled, by setting browser.urlbar.trimURLs to false in about:config.

This annoying feature is right up there with the removal of the RSS icon from the address bar.


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      Comment by Rowan Rodrik
      On April 7, 2013 at 21:33

      They must have followed the path that is so brightly illuminated by the one and only Google Chrome. But I feel that it’s time that they redesign their preferences dialog.

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