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Force Firefox Autofill To Behave By Removing "WWW" URLs

Lifehacker reader Jordan loves the easy browsing that enabling auto-completion in Firefox provides, but found it just didn’t work for some sites. The fix? Removing bookmarks with “www” stuck at the front.

So while he’d normally be able to type “li” and automatically get a Lifehacker URL, Facebook and the New York Times just didn’t seem to come up. He discovered that typing straight-up facebook.com or nytimes.com re-directed to www.facebook.com and www.nytimes.com, which Facebook’s autofill feature wanted him to type in a few w keys for.

One solution would be to edit your bookmarks rigorously; another would be to switch to using a personal favourite extension, Enter Selects. But Jordan’s solution is a bit more straight-forward:

The first step was to delete these (www) bookmarks – they were overriding my history.

Then, the next time I typed in ny, I hit down until I found www.nytimes.com. Then I hit shift-delete to delete this URL from my autocomplete.

Finally, I had to type ny again and arrow down to nytimes.com. I hit enter, and now whenever I type ‘ny’ and hit enter I go to http://nytimes.com. Finally!

It’s a tiny tweak, but one that really makes a difference for the pages you’re trying to get to all the time. Problems to Solve » Make Firefox’s URL Autofill Behave [solved] [via Source]


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