Firefox 75-76 Address Bar Bloat Fix

11 April 2020

Mozilla Firefox released version 75 of the popular browser the other day. Firefox is my browser of choice on my personal machines and I quite like it a lot. However, with the new release they added an "enhancement" to the address bar, which I rather call bloat. What it does is make the box larger in all directions when it is in focus. I suppose that is to help the user see better where the cursor is and what the browser is focused on at the moment. I get it, but I don't like it.

Thankfully, Firefox is open-source and we can tweak the browser to our needs and liking. There are a few things in the about:config section that we need to adjust to put the address bar back to the way it was before the update to version 75.

First, open a new window or tab and in the (bloated) address bar go to the configuration section and tell it you're sure of the "dangers."

about:config

Then in the seach bar on this screen, search for these settings and flip them around.

browser.urlbar.openViewOnFocus = false

browser.urlbar.update1 = false

browser.urlbar.update1.interventions = false

browser.urlbar.update1.searchTips = false

Once you get these changed, close are restart the browser and you should have the good 'ol address bar back without the bloat.

Update: If you've updated to Firefox 77 since this post was released, the above settings no longer work. See this new post on how to fix the bloat.