While most Firefox users probably don't need the functionality, some may have used it for certain useful operations such as killing sticky elements on a page, changing the referrer on the fly or edit any website you come across temporarily.
The Firefox 63 changelog does not mention the change; considering that Mozilla makes hundreds of changes to Firefox, it is clear that it represents only a small portion of changes.
Thankfully, it is possible to undo the change by changing the value of a preference of the web browser. Here is how that is done:
- You may get a warning page. Accept the warning to continue.
You can undo the change at any time by repeating the three steps outlined above.
Two very, very important things to note:
Good points. I added a remark to the article to make that clearer.
Great, I disabled it. I use a script to remove all cookies per domain.
Speaking of annoying, Firefox 63 and addressbar – I can’t type about:config then press Enter because now Firefox autocompletes the address as “about:config/” which fails to load. I have to press backspace before. And the addressbar selection is now white with pale blue text, instead of blue with white text which makes it difficult to read.
“Kill stickies” still works in FF63 without me having changed anything. Perhaps because I use the portable version?
Did you copy the code in Firefox’s address bar or use the bookmarklet?
@Martin Brinkmann: I use the bookmarklet.
Drop that out-dated marklet, try this:
@gwacks: Sticky Ducky is supposed to clean the page automatically. I tried it on 1 page (https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/) and the sticky was there, had to clean it with the good ol’ Kill Stickies bookmarklet. So, thanks but no thanks for yet another extension, and one that does not even work.
Occasionally I run bookmarklets and still without any problems in FF 63.0
Fun facts: I get this
popup_overlay on ghacks.net and have to kill the div via devtools first, before I actually can use the bookmarklet.
Bookmarklets are not affected by the change.
@Martin Brinkmann: OK, no need to answer my previous reply.
Martin was (also) answering Manouche’s comment I guess…
I got confused by the second image in your article
containing the value of ‘false’ and the surrounding text.
Just as a reminder:
You are right in terms of the bookmarklets, they are treated as links.
@Tom Hawack: thanks for mentioning the extension.
And this concerns the urlbar only, not bookmarklets.
I’m not saying you ignore this, asd, only as a reminder :=)
Why do you think anything has changed?
Firefox 63.0 (x64) / Windows 7 (x64)
There is nothing surprising.
Possible values and their effects
Do You remember FF3 and the shiny new “awesombar” with addressbar suggestions?
That’s when the discussion started
Said the joker to the thief
There’s too much confusion … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLV4_xaYynY“);
@manouche: “Do You remember FF3 and the shiny new â€œawesombarâ€ with addressbar suggestions?”
I do! I hated the “awesomebar” then, and I still hate it now.
Ah … I see!
Is this the reason why you still hate the â€œawesomebarâ€ now and then?
For the historians @ ghacks.net: A bit of history about the Mozilla-Update-Refuseniks(Ð¾Ñ‚ÐºÐ°Ð·Ð½Ð¸Ðº)
Martin, thanks very much for clarifying that this change doesn’t affect bookmarklets. I was starting to get all wound up for a nasty criticism of Mozilla again until I read your clarification.
I am a bit curious what kind of hidden prefixes the address field accepts besides the common https://, FTP:// etc… how about MOZ:// and other secret stuff providing a backdoor… :)