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Firefox 7.01 not showing http protocols in address bar

     
3:23 am on Oct 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I just updated because I couldn't stand the nagging and discovered that Firefox 7.01 is not showing http/https protocols in the address bar. What a PITA!

I searched and see that there's a workaround to fix it, but what with dealing with last minute work before PubCon, who has time for hassling with stuff like that?

I can't think of a good reason why they'd do this. I assume there might be at least a bad reason, but it sure breaks a lot of my workflow.

Back to my old motto: Never upgrade. :(
4:37 am on Oct 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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[support.mozilla.com...] says
Most sites people go to are HTTP so it was decided to just not bother showing the protocol in newer versions of Firefox unless it's something else, like https:// or ftp://, thus saving a little space and making the URL a little more readable.

(note use of the passive voice)

and
You can set the pref browser.urlbar.trimURLs to false on the about:config page to see the http: protocol


In other words: if it shows nothing, it means it's the default http:

... at least until people start reporting exceptions.
5:10 am on Oct 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I like to copy urls from the address bar and I hate typing the protocols. I can't imagine I'm the only one.

I've actually never used the about:config page, and I'm sure it's not rocket science... I just don't want to think about it for a while.
6:01 am on Oct 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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If you copy and paste from the address bar, it prepends the url with the protocol.

E.g. copy www.example.com, will paste http://www.example.com
7:53 am on Oct 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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This has been the default behavior in Chrome for quite some time.
5:15 pm on Oct 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thanks johnblack. You've save me a lot of hassle.
1:11 pm on Nov 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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If you copy and paste from the address bar, it prepends the url with the protocol.

That caught me the other day, I carefully typed "http://" before pasting then took a second to realise why the link didn't work.