Have you finally ditched that ye olde n00b browser known as “Internet Explorer”? If so and you have come to realize that Firefox doesn’t give you the option of auto-complete in your searches then this guide will tell you how to activate it through Firefox itself.

First off you will need to open your Firefox web browser and type in the address bar the following without the quotation marks “ about:config ”. Once you have typed this in hit enter and then you will notice a page saying something along the lines of “Here Be Dragons!” as well as a message warning you about the repercussions of changing the settings contained within. Conveniently it does not end here, it gives you the option to click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!”.

It should resemble the following:

here be dragons

Now you need to click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.

Next you will be confronted with a huge (possibly overwhelming for beginners) list of settings. These settings will mostly consist of a word or group of words in line with a corresponding number or corresponding numbers.

The list should look similar to this:

about config

Now from this list you will need to edit a certain value. Be careful though as doing this incorrectly could completely ruin your Firefox browser, thus requiring a complete re-install. Which is not a huge deal, however a fairly big inconvenience.

Next you will need to hit ctrl+f to bring up the “filter” search bar. Now you enter “browser.urlbar.autoFill” without the quotation marks into the search box and hit enter. You will be presented with a value with “False” written under the “Value” column. Change the “False” value to “True” by right-clicking the “Value” section of the data entry and left-clicking “Toggle”.

The final step is to close Firefox by opening “Task Manager” and ending the process. Then re-open Firefox and you’re done.

Enjoy easier web searching.