Remove Selected Bookmarks From The Firefox Address Bar

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 16, 2010
Updated • Jul 2, 2016

Firefox matches the text that users enter into its address bar automatically with the browsing history, bookmarks, and open tabs to display matches to the user.

One thing that I noticed lately was that some of the bookmarks that were displayed in the address bar were no longer of use to me.

Selecting them and pressing delete was my first attempt to remove them. They did disappear from the listing but appeared later which indicated that the bookmark was not fully removed from the system by performing that operation. I then tried to Shift-Delete them but that did not work out either.

The reason why I thought deleting them would work is that you can delete history entries this way so that they are not shown anymore when you type matching queries into the address bar. They are deleted permanently from the browsing history, but that does not work for bookmarks.

Remove Firefox Bookmarks from the address bar

I then tried to right-click on bookmark suggestions that I wanted to remove but that turned out to be fruitless as well.

The only option to remove selected bookmarks directly from the Firefox address bar that I discovered was the following:

  • Load the bookmark so that the url of it appears in the address bar
  • Click on the yellow star at the end of the bookmark form
  • Click on the Remove Bookmark button that appears in the menu.

This procedure deletes the bookmark from Firefox by using the address bar to do so. I prefer this way over opening the bookmarks manager because it is integrated into the workflow. If I spot a bookmark that I no longer need I can delete it right there.

Does anyone know if there is a faster way to delete the bookmarks from the Firefox address bar?

Update: Bookmarks can be deleted from the Firefox address bar by CTRL deleting them.

  • Start writing a domain name or keyword
  • Move the mouse over the bookmark that is not longer needed as soon as it appears
  • Press CTRL and then Delete to delete the bookmark permanently

You may want to verify the process by typing the same characters in the address bar. The bookmark that you just deleted should not be displayed to you on the second try.

The method is quicker than using the bookmarks manager or removing bookmarks after loading the page. You may integrate this into your workflow to remove unused or unneeded bookmarks frequently from Firefox this way.

Remove Selected Bookmarks From The Firefox Address Bar
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Remove Selected Bookmarks From The Firefox Address Bar
Find out how to delete bookmarks from Firefox if they are suggested to you when you type into the browser's address bar.
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  1. odio said on October 5, 2011 at 2:24 am

    haha searching for a way to delete bookmarks from adress bar i came back to Ghacks. Nice tip. This works, but actually (firefox 7) still dont have a better way?

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