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Disable the URL drop-down list in Firefox 3 Web Browsers
I was working on a video project a while back, and needed to show a URL being typed into the Firefox 3 URL bar. However, the (usually very useful) auto-complete drop-down messed up the capture; each time I started typing www, a long list of URLs appeared in the drop-down. I tried to clear it out by using the Tools » Clear Private Data menu item, but alas, even after wiping everything, the drop-down list still appeared.

After some Googling, I found the solution in this article in the MozillaZine Knowledge Base: The secret is the browser.urlbar.maxRichResults key in the Firefox about:config screen.

To remove the auto-complete drop-down in Firefox 3, type about:config in the URL bar, then press Return. You may see a warning about how this may void your warranty; if so, click the "I'll be careful" button to proceed. In the search box on the screen that opens, type browser.urlbar.maxRichResults, then double-click on that entry when it appears. In the pop-up dialog, change the 12 to a 0, and click OK to banish the auto-complete drop-down.

To get the drop-down back, just change the 0 back to 12 (or whatever number you'd prefer).
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Disable the URL drop-down list in Firefox 3
Authored by: OverZealous on Feb 22, '10 10:56:04AM

Another option, for the purposes of capturing video or screenshots of Firefox, is to set up a different profile just for that use. This also eliminates the risk of any personal information displaying.

It's a little trickier on the Mac, because there is no direct link to the profile manager. But Mozilla has a good support document about it.

(Since I don't use Safari for my day-to-day browsing, I use Safari for getting screen caps of web-based work. Obviously if you need Firefox specifically, that won't work.)

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Preferences / Privacy / Location Bar
Authored by: fab23 on Feb 22, '10 11:01:39AM

Or just go in the Preferences to the Privacy tab. At the bottom are the Location Bar settings and set "When using the location bar, suggest:" to Nothing.


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Preferences / Privacy / Location Bar
Authored by: ChipMck on Feb 23, '10 07:09:39AM

How obvious!

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