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Is it Possible to Get the Old Website Suggestion System Back in Firefox 43?

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When you get used to a great feature that you use quite often in your favorite browser, it can be rather frustrating when it suddenly ‘disappears’ and is replaced with something that fails to work as well. With that in mind, today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a frustrated reader’s question.

Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites.

The Question

SuperUser reader Peter wants to know if it is possible to get the old address bar website suggestion system back in Firefox 43:

With the newest update to Firefox, the first suggested link is only a ‘general’ domain. In older versions of Firefox, the first suggested link was always the web page that I visited the most and I got used to this great feature.

Is it possible to disable the new domain suggestion system (for example, “Visit ebay.co.uk” shown in the screenshot below) and get the old system back?

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Is it possible to get the old address bar website suggestion system back in Firefox 43?

The Answer

SuperUser contributor MC10 has the answer for us:

I noticed this today as well and played around in the about:config settings. To deactivate the new “Visit website” suggestion system, you will need to change one of the about:config preferences. The value you need to change is browser.urlbar.unifiedcomplete (set it to false).

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Once that is done, everything will be back to normal.

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Have something to add to the explanation? Sound off in the comments. Want to read more answers from other tech-savvy Stack Exchange users? Check out the full discussion thread here.

Akemi Iwaya
Akemi Iwaya has been part of the How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media team since 2009. She has previously written under the pen name "Asian Angel" and was a Lifehacker intern before joining How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media. She has been quoted as an authoritative source by ZDNet Worldwide.
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