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Thread: Trick: Firefox: click to select url in address bar

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    Trick: Firefox: click to select url in address bar

    In Windows, the default for Firefox is to select the entire url in the address bar when you single left click into it. Under Ubuntu, this doesn't happen, and you have to double click. If you use Firefox in both OS on a regular basis then this tip might help to avoid some annoyance.

    Open Firefox

    type:
    Code:
    about:config
    in the address bar and click Go (or press Enter/Return)

    In the filter box type:
    Code:
    click
    From the filtered list you need to work with:
    Code:
    browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll
    Right click on this entry and select "Toggle" from the drop down menu, to change the value to "true"

    Close Firefox

    Re-open Firefox and single left click in the address bar, you should find the entire url is selected

    Of course, if you prefer the Ubuntu default action, then do the reverse in your Windows Firefox


    EDIT:

    I have collected together the other keyboard shortcuts available for working with the address and search bars, Thanks to everyones contribution to make my trick more complete, and to morfeibg for gathering them together
    Code:
    Here are the other helpful shortcuts that were posted:
    Ctrl + L - selects the URL address
    Ctrl + I - shows page information
    Ctrl + K - selects the text in the search bar
    Hitting Esc when the pointer is in the address bar selects the url
    Last edited by Jose Catre-Vandis; August 6th, 2006 at 12:59 PM.
    No longer participating......

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    Smile Re: Trick: Firefox: click to select url in address bar

    Though I abandoned Windows more than a year ago, I missed this behaviour in my Firefox, thank you very much!

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    Re: Trick: Firefox: click to select url in address bar

    I found this to be vexing when I first started using firefox on Ubuntu. But then I stared using the cntl+l shortcut. Anyway, this should help windows users.

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    Re: Trick: Firefox: click to select url in address bar

    Quote Originally Posted by darrenrxm View Post
    I found this to be vexing when I first started using firefox on Ubuntu. But then I stared using the cntl+l shortcut. Anyway, this should help windows users.
    Wouah, i didn't notice this key shortcut. Very useful ^^
    Last edited by vdemeester; August 4th, 2006 at 09:47 AM.

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    Re: Trick: Firefox: click to select url in address bar

    thank you very much : ) i missed this 'feature'

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    Re: Trick: Firefox: click to select url in address bar

    I've always felt that Firefox was clumpsy on MS and never really figured out why but when I saw this thread I realized that's the main issue I've had with MS FF so I've done the reverse and now FF feels (almost ) as good on MS.

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    Re: Trick: Firefox: click to select url in address bar

    thanks!

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    Re: Trick: Firefox: click to select url in address bar

    Thanks for this! I missed it .
    "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence... I cannot remain silent." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Re: Trick: Firefox: click to select url in address bar

    I had just started using firefox in ubuntu and was missing this( I was actually selecting the url by click and drag ... most troublesome) . Thanks for the cool tip.

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    better "trick"? ;-)

    Perhaps you could add this at the end of your trick:
    I think selecting the url in address bar can better be done by pressing Escape. Because the url, that has selected by this way, does not get the way into the clipboard! In my opinion this is better for copy and paste actions.
    1. single click in the address bar
    2. pressing Escape


    Greetings,
    zerwas

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