Address Bar Autocomplete Manager

A few days ago Lifehacker posted a sweet about:config Firefox configuration option that would enable inline auto-completion of URL’s as you type them into the Address Bar. Changing that setting took away the necessity to use the arrows all of the time for selecting the first entry listed.

They really hit the jackpot yesterday, however, when one of their readers sent in a tip pointing out a cool Firefox extension. It’s called Autocomplete Manager, and with it you can customize almost all aspects of how the auto complete works. Here’s a list of the different areas it lets you tweak:

  • Searching of your bookmarks in the Address Bar
  • Matching against page titles and bookmark names
  • Matching anywhere in the address, not just the beginning
  • Changing the sorting criterion to alphabetical, most often visited, most recently visited, or top-level pages first
  • Matching any part of the domain
  • Excluding local pages and pages containing search results
  • Swapping the address and title columns on the suggestion popup
  • Fine-tuning the popup appearance: hiding page titles, changing the number of visible suggestions, and setting the truncation method for long addresses and page titles
  • Opening a suggestion from the popup in a new tab
  • Temporarily or permanently disabling the popup

I really like that you can customize how addresses are sorted, and that you can include bookmarks in the instant search process. It’s not quite the full-text search that Opera 9.5 Alpha has, but it’s still really nice.

Here’s a screenshot of the configuration options for the Autocomplete Manager:

Address Bar Autocomplete Settings
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Autocomplete Manager Homepage