There is a URL saved in my browser which is really annoying, because it prevents me from autocomplete another URL that I visit far more often.

According to this docs one only has to click on the suggestion, and then press shift+delete to remove it. This would help so much.

However, when I press shift and delete, nothing happens. I have a German keyboard, this is what I press:

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I also found a question from 2013 How to remove typed-in URLs from browser history in Firefox? but the links in the answer don't work, and installing an SQLiteManager seems maybe not the best solution in 2019 to this.

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Strg is not same as the Shift key, Strg is equivalent to the Ctrl (control) key in a standard English keyboard.

Shift is the key above Strg (marked with an upwards arrow) in your screenshot.

  • Whoups, yes I marked and said the wrong key. But it is still not working. I tried it with shift+delete,, ctrl+delete and alt+delete
    – Adam
    Sep 6, 2019 at 13:02
  • Hmm... cannot reproduce, works fine for me (only Shift+Del, none of the others). What is your Ubuntu version and desktop environment and Firefox version?
    – pomsky
    Sep 6, 2019 at 13:07
  • Also did you correctly understand the "Clearing a single item from the address bar history" part from the docs page you included in the question? It just teaches how to remove a website from the address bar suggestions (the ones you see after clicking the down arrow in the address bar), not from the auto-complete suggestions. For that you need to remove the item from your history.
    – pomsky
    Sep 6, 2019 at 13:15
  • @Adam In Preferences > Privacy & Security is an Adressbar section where you can choose what to use as suggestions in the addressbar, maybe you should adjust this settings to your need as well.
    – mook765
    Sep 6, 2019 at 14:07
  • I had in Preferences still Bookmarks on. I unchecked, because the website was actually a bookmark, now I could remove it (however, it does not work with mouse hovering, I need to go down with keyboard keys).
    – Adam
    Sep 6, 2019 at 15:08

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