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Suppose I am visiting a page in Firefox and decide to go somewhere else and type the new URL manually into the address field, but the page fails to load, either because it times out, or because I hit Escape. Then Firefox removes my laboriously entered URL and replaces it with the URL of the current page.

This is outrageous!

I am pretty sure Firefox has changed this behavior lately, because this was one of the reasons I chose Firefox over IE back in the day.

How can I turn off this annoying behavior?

OS: Windows 7
Firefox version: 22

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You might be hitting https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=858448
I have reproduced your issue with a clean install of windows 7 and firefox 22 and I confirm it. I suggest voting for the bug and pursuing mozilla development team to change it's resolution from "UNCONFIRMED" to "NEW"

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Hmm, I don't think so, because that bug talks about tabs opened from links with target="_blank", but I get this behavior with tabs I opened with the "New tab" command in Firefox and visit another page before trying the slow page. –  Peter Jaric Jul 3 '13 at 8:24
But if it's the same behaviour then it should be same root cause, wouldn't it? –  Costin Gușă Jul 4 '13 at 12:09
Maybe, maybe not, only the devs know. The description in that bug is more narrow than my use case, I think... –  Peter Jaric Jul 4 '13 at 14:09

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