How To See the Full URL in FireFox 7 Browser Web Address Bar

Firefox 7 was recently put into production.  Firefox 7 makes a big leap in memory handling.    The new version’s memory usage is reduced between 20% and 50% – that’s great.

However, Mozilla also included a shortened URL browser bar that hides the HTTP:// or HTTPS:// for all URLs.  Being able to see the full URL web address is important, so I wish Mozilla wouldn’t have made the change.  The full URL shows if you’re using HTTP or HTTPS, which is important so you know if you’re browsing on a secure site or not.  Obviously you don’t want to provide credit card or other personal details to a non-secured and non-https URL address.  There’s too much hacker risk.

Short URL browser web address in Firefox 7

Example of a short URL address without http:// or https:// in Firefox 7

To get the full URL back in Firefox 7 you just simply need to change a configuration setting in the web browser.  Just follow these instructions:

  1. In the Firefox 7 URL bar, type about:config
  2. Click on the I’ll be careful, I promise! button.
  3. Search for browser.urlbar.trimURLs in the Filter field
  4. Right-click and select Toggle or double-click to change the value from true to false — changes are save immediately after the value is modify.

There you go.  You should now be able to see the full URL address in the browser bar.

I wonder what Mozilla was thinking with this change?  Facebook and Twitter are making big changes to increase secure browsing options, and Mozilla is removing one of the ways to see if a web page is secure or not (see – Facebook SSL certificate or What kind of SSL to buy for Facebook pages).  Comments?

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