The new address bar functionality may trip up some users initially, but it does appear to be an overall improvement. The changes are as follows:
- Searching using the address bar on smaller screens is now optimized, and should be less confusing.
- Clicking the empty address bar, or clicking on an address in the address bar, will now show a list of ‘top sites’. These are the sites you visit most often.
- The address bar is now slightly larger, and expands slightly when clicked. The font is also larger, and suggested URLs are shortened to provide more useful context.
- When entering search terms, Firefox will now suggest additional terms it thinks may be relevant.
- If you start entering a URL that is already open in another tab, Firefox will show a ‘Switch to Tab’ entry in the suggestions.
Depending on your configuration, Firefox will typically update itself in the days following a new release. If you prefer to do this yourself, or you’re not sure which version you have, navigate Firefox’s ‘hamburger’ menu (at the top right) to
About Firefox. If a newver version is available, you’ll be given the opportunity to install it.