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The New Firefox Address Bar Enables Faster Searching

Dave Parrack 08-04-2020

Mozilla has updated Firefox, and besides the usual security fixes, the headline feature is a revamped address bar. In a nutshell, the new Firefox address bar is designed to make it faster and easier to find what you’re looking for when you search the web.


How to Use the New Firefox Address Bar

As detailed in a post on The Mozilla Blog, Firefox 75 introduces three major changes to the address bar. The new Firefox address bar will have a new look and feel, be capable of delivering smarter searches, and put your favorite websites at your fingertips.

First, Mozilla has updated the Firefox address bar to give it a new look and feel. This means that when you start to search for something, the address bar will get larger. It also boasts a larger font, shorter URLS, and shortcuts to the most popular sites to search.

Next are the aforementioned smarter searches. These are suggestions for ways you can further refine your search. As you type, Firefox will bold additional keywords you may not have thought of, but which, once added, will narrow your search down.

Lastly, the new Firefox address bar gives you easy access to your favorite websites. Click on the address bar, and links to these sites will appear. And if you already have one open in a tab, clicking the name will jump to that tab, saving you yet another hassle.


Other Ways to Refine Your Web Searches

With the web full of sites on every topic you can think of, no matter how niche, being able to find what you’re looking for quickly and easily is an absolute must. And the new Firefox address bar is certainly a step in the right direction.

There are other ways to narrow your searches down though, whether you’re using Firefox or any other web browser. Our Google Search cheat sheet The Best Google Search Cheat Sheet: Tips, Operators, and Commands to Know These special Google search tips, operators, and commands will help you narrow down your search results and always get the exact results you're looking for. Read More contains all of the operators you need to know to refine your search and make the results more accurate.

Related topics: Mozilla Firefox, Search Tricks, Web Search.

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  1. John
    June 25, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Good article even though over 50% of the add-ons are no longer available. I guess it was easier to mark up rather than delete those no longer available.

  2. John
    April 12, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    I don't like new address bar. Is it a way to change it to old one?

  3. dragonmouth
    April 8, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    "Next are the aforementioned smarter searches."
    OTOH, all these suggestions could just get in the way.

    "Lastly, the new Firefox address bar gives you easy access to your favorite websites. "
    What's the big deal? I already have "easy access to my favorite sites" on my Bookmarks Toolbar

    Firefox 75.0 - meh.