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Firefox hacks

Copy the HTTP:// portion of the URL into the clipboard

Since version 6.0, Firefox invented another handyannoying feature - removing the protocol part (most of the time http://) from the URL in the address bar. This is a problem because when you copy and paste a URL from the address bar somewhere else, that somewhere else may not highlight it as a URL if it doesn't start with http://.

To restore the old behavior and display the http:// in the Firefox URL bar,

  1. Go to about:config
  2. Type browser.urlbar.trimURLs
  3. Double-click the value to set it to false.

Enable spell checking for one-line text input fields

In about:config, set layout.spellcheckDefault => 2. Takes effect immediately.

Customizing the Firefox UI with userChrome.css settings

For these changes to take effect, restart Firefox.

In your profile folder, edit/create chrome/userChrome.css. You can find your profile folder by searching for a userChrome-example.css file. In the same directroy with that file, edit/create userChrome.css.

Disable unwanted menu entries

#context-sendlink {
  display: none !important;

menuitem[label="For Internet Explorer Users"] {
  display: none !important;

Give the Location (URL) Bar a larger font

#urlbar {
  font-size: 16px;

Hide the star button if you don't use it for bookmarking

#star-button {display: none !important;}