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I remember that in the old version of Firefox I could type "google maps" in the address-bar and Firefox would navigate to http://maps.google.com/.

Since I upgraded to Firefox 8 I can't do this anymore. I must type "googlemaps" instead — no space between "google" and "maps".

Is there a way to make sure that Firefox returns to the old behavior, which I like better?

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Googling google maps from address bar brings me search result page in Firefox 8. However, you can try resetting tool-bars, search engines and preference to default:

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It works! After reset all user preferences to Firefox defaults and installed Browse By Name addon : addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/browse-by-name I now get exactly what I want. Thank you. – ITFan Dec 11 '11 at 8:53
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@ITFan Resetting the preferences has dothing to do with it. You should write about an addon in a separate answer instead of accepting this one. – kinokijuf Jan 14 '12 at 19:11

What's happening is that google at the start of what you type in the adress bar is now considered as a special keyword indicating that Firefox should "google" whatever comes next. One way to get around it is to start with a different word. So

maps google

will work, as would

google google maps.

I don't know of a way to disable the new behaviour, however (nothing I found in Preferences or at about:config seems to deal with it)

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