Firefox Autocomplete Manager

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 25, 2007
Updated • Mar 26, 2012

Firefox by default has a so called auto complete feature which searches for urls that have been typed in or accessed in the past when the user begins to type a url. While this feature is mostly a time safer it nevertheless begins to pile up a large amount of urls which make the process rather messy.

The Autocomplete Manager brings light into that chaos. Two of the most interesting features that it offers is to sort the list of urls differently. You can sort it to display the most frequently or most recently visited urls first or select to begin with top level pages first.

Another feature I like is that you can change the amount of suggestions that are shown, place bookmarks first, only consider typed in urls or add and remove history entries. If you do use the auto complete feature you really should take a look at this extension and install it on your computer.

Auto Complete

Autocomplete Manager via Cybernet News

Update: Autocomplete Manager has not been updated since 2008, and the add-on as a consequence is not compatible with Firefox 3 or newer versions of the Internet browser. Mozilla has added options to configure the auto complete feature of the Firefox browser natively since Firefox 3.5. While that still does not display a list of auto complete entries, it can be used to restrict the data that is displayed to the user in the address bar when text is entered into it.

Enter about:config into the address bar to load the advanced configuration. Filter for the termbrowser.urlbar.default.behavior and change its value from 0 to one of the following:

  • 0 default value, no filtering
  • 1 Restrict information to the browsing history
  • 2 Restrict information to the bookmarks
  • 4 Restrict to tags
  • 8 Match Title
  • 16 Match URL
  • 32 Restrict typed
  • 64 Restrict JavaScript
  • 128 Restrict Open Tabs

You need to add values if you want more than one to be included. A value of 7 would for instance restrict the auto-complete feature to the browsing history, bookmarks and tags.



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