The newest Firefox (version 43) auto-hides the "drop down list arrow" in the address bar (so it only appears when you place the cursor over the address bar). Is there a way to disable this (annoying) behavior?

  • Haven't tried it myself but the two comments here should help: reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/2y0ph8/… – MC10 Dec 18 '15 at 6:27
  • I'm very curious - why do you find this annoying? – DavidPostill Dec 18 '15 at 14:54
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    @DavidPostill: I can't answer for the OP, but I find it annoying because now I have to actively think about where I'm moving the pointer rather than have a target that I seemingly didn't have to 'think' about. It may seem to be a small thing, and perhaps I'll adjust over time, but why? That spot on the address bar isn't used for anything else - it stays blank even if the URL is longer than the address bar. Why not just have the drop down arrow affordance there all the time? Why did the devs spend any time on this 'feature' that provides no benefit? – Michael Burr Dec 22 '15 at 2:25
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    Why did the devs spend any time on this 'feature' that provides no benefit? --> +1 – xtrm Jan 26 '16 at 22:21
  • Note something missed from the reddit link is that you have to install the Stylish add-on. Also userChrome.css didn't work for me. Instead, I added the css via the Stylish add-on (after installing Stylish and restarting Firefox, I clicked the new Stylish button (just an "S"), then Manage Styles, then Write New Style). – Dan Oct 30 '16 at 1:51

Go to your Firefox profile folder. This should be

<Home Directory>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<Profile Name>.default

where <Home Directory> is typically C:\Users\<User Name>.

You'll want to go into the chrome folder and create the file userChrome.css if it doesn't exist already. Add the code below to the file and save. You'll need to restart Firefox for the changes to have an effect.

To always show the arrow:

@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");
#urlbar:not(:hover) > .urlbar-textbox-container > .urlbar-history-dropmarker {
opacity: 100 !important;

To always hide the arrow:

@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul");
.urlbar-history-dropmarker {
display: none !important;

Source: DOM Inspector and How to remove drop down address bar arrow icon?? : firefox at reddit.

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    A bit more involved than I like, but I'll take it! Thanks! – B. Nadolson Dec 18 '15 at 8:14

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