If you’ve been brave enough to venture into the realm of Firefox 3 Beta 2 there is no denying that you’ve seen the newly designed Location/Address Bar (pictured above). It’s big, prominent, and is likely to irritate some people who prefer the more streamlined Address Bar that we’ve come to know and love. Give me just 30 seconds of your time and we can bring back the classic look…

  1. Start Firefox.
  2. In the Address Bar type “about:config” and press Enter.
  3. Right-Click and select New->Boolean.
  4. A box requesting the Preference Name will popup and you should enter “browser.urlbar.richResults ” (without the quotes). Press OK to continue.
  5. Select “False” from the box and press OK again.
  6. Restart Firefox

Now you should be able to enjoy your single-line condensed view of addresses that are shown when you begin to type in the Location Bar. Obviously this setting will have no effect on older versions of Firefox, but a lot of people I know have already jumped on the Firefox 3 bandwagon so I thought it would be a good time to share this tip.

Oh, and don’t forget about the last Address Bar tip we posted. That works in all versions of Firefox.