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View URLs as Tooltips in Firefox

Would you like a way to view link URLs wherever you mouse is located in a webpage rather than using the Status Bar? Now you can do so very easily with the URL Tooltip extension for Firefox.


Here is our browser before adding the extension. At the moment the only way to view the “link URL” is through the “Status Bar”…not very convenient if you like keeping the “Status Bar” hidden to conserve screen real-estate.



Adding the extension makes viewing “link URLs” a lot easier. Now your webpage viewing can flow much smoother without having to shift your view from the article to the “Status Bar” and then back to where you were reading again.

Note: The “Wrap long URLs” option is enabled in this screenshot.



The options for the URL Tooltip extension are very simple. Choose the font sizes that you would like to use and it is recommended that you enable the “Wrap long URLS” option for best URL viewing.



If you have been looking for an easier way to view link URLs without using the Status Bar, then this is definitely a must-have extension.


Download the URL Tooltip extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/22/09

Comments (2)

  1. David Levine

    I use this extension with Firefox on my Netbook because I have the status bar hidden to maximize screen real estate. It works great!

  2. John Mack

    The problem with this is that most of the time you really don’t care what the actual link url is because you trust the web page you’re on. So displaying the url is just distracting. What I would suggest instead is an add-on called Link Alert which indicates what type of file the url links to, e.g., pdf, txt, exe, etc. You can customize exactly what files it will alert you to.

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