After I started testing out the last tip about enabling inline auto-completion in the address bar, it occurred to me that although links from my browser history kept showing up in the list, I’d probably never type those in.

After just a few minutes of research, I found a setting that will make Firefox only auto-complete the links that you type in manually. This is helpful when you use a lot of bookmarklets or search keywords from the address bar.

Keep in mind that this setting is not for everybody, but it’s good to understand how things work.

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To make this change, type about:config into the address bar, and then filter by the following key:

browser.urlbar.matchOnlyTyped

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Double-click on the value to change it to true, and you should immediately notice that links from the history will no longer auto-complete:

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Of course, links that you’ve manually typed in will continue to automatically complete:

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It’s great to have a browser where everybody can choose their own settings.

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