As a Firefox user you may remember that Mozilla some time ago decided to "optimize" the address displayed in the browser's urlbar by removing the http:// protocol information from the beginning and the / slash at the end for root domains. So, instead of seeing http://www.coffeeinated.com/ in the address bar, Firefox suddenly only displayed www.coffeeinated.com in there. Mozilla removed the favicon from the urlbar as well.
It is not really clear why Mozilla dumbed down the display but it is likely that the developers once again looked at how Google Chrome is handling the display of urls to replicate it exactly. Some have said that it is for the better of the user, that users do not understand how urls work and that less characters in the urlbar helps visualize the domain name to them. I'm not a fan of dumbing down as it would be far better to educate users about urls instead of just providing them with a limited display that is hiding some information.
One of the things that has irritated me lately is the removal of the trailing slash on root domains. I sometimes click on the url bar to add path information behind the trailing slash. With it being removed in Firefox, I now have to add that slash before I can write or paste the path information in the address bar. It may sound like a minor thing but it is actually a very frustrating experience.
What I like about Firefox is that it gives you options to undo most of what the developers have changed in the browser in recent time. While it may not be the case for all changes, you get modification options for many of them including the dumbed down address bar.
Back when Mozilla announced the change I published a guide that explained how you can add the http:// protocol back to the Firefox address bar, but what I failed to mention was that the very same workaround added the trailing slash back to the browser's address bar as well.
So, to get the trailing slash back for root domains you would do the following:
- Type about:config into the address bar and hit enter.
- Confirm that you will be careful if you load the page for the first time.
- Type in browser.urlbar.trimURLs
- Double-click the entry to set it to false
You should immediately notice that both http and the trailing slash are added back to addresses in the Firefox browser.Enjoyed the article?: Then sign-up for our free newsletter or RSS feed to kick off your day with the latest technology news and tips, or share the article with your friends and contacts on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ using the icons below.