How to Restore Classic Address Bar in Firefox 75
Firefox introduced a new address bar with version 75. It features a larger font, and shorter URLs, which do not include
www portions any more. If you are not happy with this change, here's how to undo it.
Firefox is a popular web browser with its own rendering engine, which is very rare in the Chromium-based browser world. Since 2017, Firefox has the Quantum engine which comes with a refined user interface, codenamed "Photon". The browser doesn't include support for XUL-based add-ons any more, so all of the classic add-ons are deprecated and incompatible. See Must have add-ons for Firefox Quantum.
Thanks to the changes made to the engine and the UI, the browser is amazingly fast. The user interface of Firefox became more responsive and it also starts up noticeably faster. The engine renders web pages much faster than it ever did in the Gecko era.
Firefox 75 is notable for a new address bar behavior,
www removal from URL suggestions, image lazy loading enabled by default, and more. Check out
New Address Bar
Firefox 75 introduces a new user experience for the address bar. When you click on it, it automatically opens the "top sites" - the sites you visit frequently. When performing a search, Firefox will highlight popular keywords. Other changes include shorter URLs (see below) and larger fonts.
If you are not happy with top sites that appear automatically, or you find the size of the address bar enormous, here's how to get the classic address bar back.
Update: Firefox 77 users should follow a newer tutorial here:
To Restore Classic Address Bar in Firefox 75,
- Open Firefox.
- In a new tab, type
about:configin the address bar.
- Click I accept the risk.
- In the search box, type or copy-paste the line
- Double-click on the
browser.urlbar.update1value name in the search result to toggle its value from true to false.
- Similarly, find the value
browser.urlbar.openViewOnFocus, and set it to
Restart Firefox. Now you have the classic address bar without auto opening top sites drop-down, and large fonts.
You can now restore the https:// and www URL portions for the address bar suggestions if you want.