Show Location Bar Results when correcting typos in Firefox 3

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 18, 2008
Updated • Apr 27, 2014
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

The location bar, also dubbed awesome bar, has already created some controversy among Firefox users. A group of Firefox users does not like the fact that bookmarks are displayed as suggestions when you type text into the address bar.

They would like to see a preference setting that enables the old location bar behavior instead (Update: This has been fixed in recent versions of the browser. You can now decided what is being suggested by the browser when you start typing).

Adding to that is an error in functionality in my opinion. Correcting typos in the middle or at the beginning of a phrase does not refresh the search results immediately.

You can try that out for yourself by typing in Mozzilla in the location bar and delete the second z after typing that phrase.

Firefox will not reload the results. The only way to reload the results is to add a blank after the phrase that has been entered or other characters there as it will be refreshed in this case only.

Edit Middle is a Firefox add-on that corrects this. It refreshes search results if a word has been edited and this time it does not matter if the word has been edited in the beginning, middle or end. If you make typos from time to time you will love this add-on.

firefox location bar typos

Update: The Firefox add-on Edit Middle is no longer required. It is not compatible with newer versions of the web browser, and the core reason for that is that Mozilla has improved when the suggestions are triggered.

Basically what is happening now is that adding, removing or editing any character in the location bar will trigger a refresh of the results.

So, no matter if you edit a typo that you have made or add a word or phrase at the beginning, the list of suggestions will be automatically updated to reflect that change.


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  1. Roman ShaRP said on June 18, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    After I finally learned touch typing in English layout (Russian and Ukrainian I mastered in 2001), little errors don’t bother me anymore – I re-type quickly, and always see what I type in location bar. :)

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