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By default, the new Firefox 7 hides the “http://”  (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) extension in the URL  which appears in the address bar once you visit a website. If you do not like this behavior and you do want to see the “http://” in front of the web address, I have got a quick trick to display it! 

  1. Open Firefox 7
  2. In the Address Bar field, type about:config and press Enter.
  3. As usual, click the click the I’ll be careful, I promise! button.
  4. In the Filter field located at the beginning of the page, type locate browser.urlbar.trimURLs and press Enter.
  5. Locate the Preference (or key) and double click the value so that it goes from the “default” value of “True” to the “user set” value of “False”.
  6. Exit Firefox and enjoy your web addresses with the “http://” prefix!
  7. Click OK.
  8. Done!


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3 Comments to “How to Display “http://” in Firefox 7 Address Bar”

  1. Idilix Says:

    That did the trick, thx!

  2. Web Talk Says:

    Got it! I just fix the error. As usual…. thanks Gregg for your help!

  3. Gregg DesElms Says:

    I think maybe you got it backwards.

    In the copy of Firefox 7.0.1 that I just downloaded to (and installed on) my wife’s notebook, the default is “true,” and with that setting the “http://” (or “https://” as appropriate) is not there.

    And that makes sense since the name of the config item is…


    …which suggests, by its name, that if set to “true,” it will “trimURLs” in the “browser.urlbar”.

    So I set it to “false” and the “http://” (or “https://” as appropriate) returned.

    So your step 5, then, should be:

    5. Locate the Preference (or key) and double click the value so that it goes from the “default” value of “True” to the “user set” value of “False”.

    It’s worthy of note, also, that in the version 7.0.1 that I just downloaded and installed onto my wife’s machine, the default value was “false,” meaning that the “http://” (and/or “https://” as apporpriate) was, indeed, already showing-up by default.

    Sounds like Firefox got a new version out just since you wrote this article wherein the problem is fixed… likely because MANY people complained.

    That’s the whole problem with Firefox now: It’s releasing new both full numbered and fractional versions too often and too quickly. It’s ridiculous… embarrassing, even. The IE-loving/pro-Microsoft community (which tends to include many, many IT Directors of primarily Microsoft IT departments) are joking about it; marveling at the support nightmare which the largely Linux/open-source-minded Firefox community is foisting upon the no-doubt-decreasing number of corporate IT departments which have standardized on Firefox. They’re all talking about how the Firefox decison makers are obviously not experienced at managing bit IT departments, or they’d be WAY smarter about this. As Linux/open-source and Firefox lovers, they’re quite likely mid- to low-level techy worker bees, and not IT Directors, the IE/Microsoft-loving community is joking, else this wouldn’t be happening.

    My belief is that Firefox sees low version numbers, in the face of both IE and Chrome being 9 and 14 respectively, as a marketing impediment and is, therefore, just trying to get caught-up. If so, then it will likely either slow back down again at version 10 or 15, depending on which browser the Firefox people see as its greatest nemeses.

    Until then, though, we must all suffer the most aggressive continuous (and wholly irritating) updating scheme certainly in the history of browsers, and likely in the history of man.

    Anyway, thanks for the tip. Sorry that you likely fell as yet another victim to Firefox’s outrageously frequent updates.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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