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Bob_Marčan
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Status: New idea

In Firefox, I miss the option to delete content in the address field. Is it possible to add an X icon that will delete the current content? It's annoying to constantly mark a field and then delete it.

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Jon
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Bob_Marčan
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The reason why this would be convenient. I often copy the URL posted on a forum where it is not possible to post more than one address as a link. So many more text URLs appear there and links are a real rarity. And this marking and deleting and then inserting every time is really annoying.

 

Bob_Marčan
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The same should be implemented in the search field too.

Ford_Prefect
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Think this suggestion should be retracted, because there is no real need for such functionality as this can be solved on

mobile (android):

  • case1 (content in search/address field but field not yet active): tap inside the search/address field (already resulting in selection of total current content) and then pressing delete key on popup keyword.
  • case2 (cursor already places in field, but current content not/nomore selected): press and long hold delete key on popup keyboar.

desktop (windows):

  • Press CTRL+L, places cursor into search/address field and selects all current text. New input keyboard input automatically results in removal of previous content.

Both described methods are standard/common interface procedures in there respective OS environments.

The suggestion would therefore result IMHO in unnecessary UI clutter, unwanted and unneeded my most users.

brixter
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Please add this in Firefox Desktop. The x button to clear the URL is possible in Firefox Android.

Bob_Marčan
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Ford_Perfect

Place cursor into search/address field. Press CTRL+A (resulting in field content selection) followed by delete key.

 

This is exactly what I would like to get rid of. A single click, versus additional keyboard entries. Looks like you don't do that often.

 

Bob_Marčan
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Ford_Perfect

This is exactly what I would like to avoid. Additional keyboard input versus one click. Looks like you don't do that often.

 

brixter
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@Ford_PrefectFor Desktop, that's 3 actions:

1. Move mouse

2. Ctrl +A

3. Delete

Clicking x is just 1 action. I don't want to do 3 actions just to clear the URL.

Ford_Prefect
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@brixteractually on desktop it is a single: CTRL+L and start typing your desired input.

@Bob_MarčanI dont agree with your argument against keyboard centric UI controlling, on a inherently keyboard-centered task. Here is my argument against adding a nother UI element (x):

  • Your Task: Clear input field for new text input in firefox search box
  • This is (however the current text gets deleted) a keyboard-centered task.
  • So switching to a mouse/touch input for deletion of the current text, to then input the new text via keyboard, makes logically and efficiency wise no sense.
  • desktop: Adding a nother keystroke however creates as little friction as you can get. Just use "Ctrl+L" and start typing your new input.
  • mobile: Adding a button on mobile has contra-productive effects, because it occupies scarce screen space for a task, that can be performed via tapping the input field and pressing, on the automatically opened on screen keyboard, delete key.
Bob_Marčan
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@Ford_Prefect  actually on desktop it is a single: CTRL+L and start typing your desired input.

If nothing else you need both hands to type CTRL+L.

Do you have so big palm to do with one hand? I can't.

Bob_Marčan
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@Ford_Prefect  CTRL+L and start typing your desired input.

And I don't start typing, but paste with the mouse.