Lifehacker has a great article on how to stop Firefox from greying out everything but the domain name in your address bar. While I personally don’t mind it and infact think it’s a great anti-phishing feature for the average user, one thing I don’t like is the removal of the protocol, i.e.
http://, from the beginning of the address bar. I know they’re trying to conserve space, but screen real estate is not something that I am lacking.
So here’s how to once again show the protocol in your Firefox address bar:
about:configinto your address bar to access a list of Firefox configuration options that are not exposed through a normal settings panel.
browser.urlbar.trimURLsinto the search box to find the parameter we’re going to change.
- Right-click the row and select “Toggle” to change the value from
- Close the tab and go back to a normal tab, such as this blog post. You should now see the protocol in your address bar once again.