How to Disable Smart Location Bar in Firefox 3.x

I don't know about you, but I really don't use the Smart Location Bar (SLB) (a.k.a., the Awesome Bar) in Firefox. In fact, I really never have typed out URLs in browser address bars; I search or I use bookmarks. So when the Smart Location Bar does pop in the very few situations when I do go to the SLB, it's annoying to have a list of results pop up and for me to have to then deal with them. What's even more annoying is that there is no way to easily disable the SLB in the Firefox options menu.

But don't let that stop you. It's still pretty easy to shut down the SLB. Here are the steps to completely DISABLE it:
  1. Go to the SLB and type about:config and then hit the Enter key.
  2. If you haven't gone into about:config before, the warning message, “This might void your warranty!” warning will appear. Click I’ll be careful, I promise!, to continue to the about:config page. (You can also click the don't show me again box if you don't want to be reminded again during future visits.)
  3. In the Filter box at top, type browser.urlbar.maxRichResults.
  4. Double-click browser.urlbar.maxRichResults preference and then change it to a value of -1.
  5. Restart Firefox.
If you prefer to have the SLB behave like it did in Firefox 2.x, do the following instead.
  1. In the Firefox 3.x SLB, type about:config and then press Enter.
  2. Once that opens, go the filter box and type browser.urlbar.
  3. Double click on browser.urlbar.matchOnlytyped and the value will automatically change to true.
  4. Restart Firefox.
Either way, you will have silenced the Smart(alec) Location Bar.

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