Firefox 7: How to Display the Full URL in Address Bar (URL Bar)

Posted September 29, 2011 by Rob Rogers in Mozilla Firefox

By default, Firefox 7 hides the http:// in the address bar. Some people don’t like having the protocol trimmed from the URL, so here’s a quick tip to put it back where it belongs.

Here’s how a web address looks by default in Firefox 7, notice the missing http://?

1. Open Firefox.

2. In the address bar, go to:

When prompted, click the I’ll be careful, I promise! button.

3. Scroll down to or use the filter to locate browser.urlbar.trimURLs.

4. Double click the preference so that it’s value changes from true to false.

Now your address bar will display the HTTP protocol in the address bar.


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  • Ken

    Thanks for that! I really hate it when they make changes like this, it’s sometimes hard to know if it’s an intended feature, or if something bad is happening.

  • tyw7

    They should have used domain highlighting like IE8 and IE9.