Internet Explorer started this trend and now almost every browser has started to trim some parts of the web site address like the protocol identifiers (http://, https:// etc.) from the actual site address displayed inside the location bar. Mozilla Firefox has also started this with version 7. The logic behind trimming the displayed web site address is understandable – after all, who needs to know the protocol of the site that is opened in your browser? But this may be a little annoying for people who are not familiar with this feature. If you do not like the URL trimming feature, then you can disable it easily in Mozilla Firefox. Here is how :
- Open your Firefox browser, type about:config in the location bar and hit Enter.
- Click on the button labeled I’ll be careful I promise as shown.
- Type trimurls in the Filter box. You would see a setting browser.urlbar.trimURLs with its value set to true. Just double-click on it to change its value to false.
- That’s it. Now you can open any web site and its site address will be displayed in full without trimming it.
The URL trimming feature can be very useful in identifying web sites which use subdomains extensively and you do not have to go through protocol identifiers and GET variables. But Firefox gives you the option to toggle this feature on or off as you please.