How to Disable Address Bar Search Suggestions in Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox 55 comes with search suggestions enabled by default in the address bar of the browser. While many people might like this change, there are some who do not want to see those suggestions in their browser. If you want to disable this feature, follow the instructions in this article.

The developers have described this feature as follows.

We’re all searching for something. Sometimes that thing is a bit of information – like a fact you can glean from Wikipedia. Or, maybe it’s a product you hope to find on Amazon, or a video on YouTube.

With today’s Firefox release, you can quickly search using many websites’ search engines, right from the address bar. Just type your query, and then click which search engine you’d like to use.

Here is how it looks:

Firefox Search Suggestions

Firefox comes with an option to disable search suggestions. You will find it in Preferences - Search.

To disable address bar search suggestions in Firefox 55, do the following.

  1. Open Firefox preferences.
  2. Go to the Search page. Tip: copy-paste this line to the address bar of the browser and hit the Enter key to open it faster:
    about:preferences#search
  3. Under Default Search Engine, see the option Provide search suggestions. Turn off the checkbox Show search suggestions in location bar results. This will remove suggestions from the location bar drop down. If you disable the parent option, this will turn off the search suggestions feature completely.

Firefox Disable Search Suggestions

There is also an option in the about:config editor. If you need to disable live search suggestions this way, do the following:

  1. Open a new tab and enter the following text in the address bar:
    about:config

    Confirm that you will be careful if a warning message appears for you.Firefox About Config Warning

  2. Enter the following text in the filter box:
    suggest.searches
  3. You will see the parameter browser.urlbar.suggest.searches. Set it to false.Firefox Disable Search Suggestions Config

That's it. This will disable search suggestions in Firefox. Feel free to ask any questions you have.

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