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Firefox highlights the name of the site I am currently on. I very often need to read various IDs and/or other params from the URL, so I don't need the focus on the site name.

How can I have the old one back, where everything is black?

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The point of this highlighting is that many users do not know what site they are on. Think The average Firefox user does not need to care about URL parameters. – grawity Aug 16 '11 at 16:08
so? I only use FF because it is so flexible and extensible. If FF is not going to support advanced users, why should I use this memory-hog at all? – Reddy Sep 6 '11 at 8:23
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Got to about:config and change browser.urlbar.formatting.enabled to false.

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This was a huge help, I need to read the url when doing web development and the new changes made this extremely difficult, even with a huge monitor it was still very difficult to read. Light grey text on a white background is just way too little contrast, they could have picked any other number of ways to highlight the domain, this was not a great choice IMO. – Wesley Murch Aug 18 '11 at 1:20

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