Another undesirable Firefox 3 quirk

If I disable the history in Firefox 3, and I disable the “Remember what I enter in forms and search bar,” why do I still get that pesky keystroke-search effect when I start typing a URL in the address box? It’s even more irritating on my older machines because of the lag it triggers when I type. :twisted:

Luckily, turning it off is an option in the about:config page, not unlike the GUI fonts were in Firefox 2. Open up about:config (after waiting for the keypress-search to unfold, of course), acknowledge the disclaimer if you haven’t already, then type the word “rich” in the filter box.

Where you see “browser.urlbar.maxRichResults”, change the value to -1. Any other value in that key will limit the number of results, but a -1 turns the darn thing off for good. Hallelujah.

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4 Responses to “Another undesirable Firefox 3 quirk”


  1. 1 SemiDigerati 2008/07/31 at 10:53 PM

    THANK. YOU. I’ve been far too lazy to figure this out myself.

  2. 2 Sir Sid 2008/08/01 at 5:23 AM

    I thought that was one of the best features of FF3. Heh each to his own I guess.

  3. 3 K.Mandla 2008/08/01 at 8:41 AM

    I think if I worked on faster machines it wouldn’t be as irritating. But like you say, to each his own. :D

  4. 4 Lou 2008/08/05 at 7:36 AM

    I would have liked to revert to the FF2 urlbar, but for some reason the Firefox devs removed that ability in about:config. Many are unhappy about this decision, including me. Just look at the comments for Bug 407836 – remove support for browser.urlbar.richResults. Now you have to hack around or use an extension, such as Old Location Bar, to help de-bloat AwesomeBar from FF3.


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