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  1. Firefox may soon get native password exports Firefox users may soon be able to export passwords natively in the web browser. Currently, it is not possible to export passwords directly using built-in tools. While password syncing is supported to sync passwords across Firefox installations, an option to export or import manually is not. Users may use third-party password managers like KeePass to export Firefox passwords or third-party tools like Firefox Password Exporter. The initial request to add exporting options to Firefox's password manager dates back more than 16 years. The bug reporter suggested that Firefox should get functionality to export/backup saved passwords to a file. The bug was assigned to a new contributor who discovered it on Bugzilla. It did not take long to integrate the export functionality in Firefox. The feature lands in Firefox Nightly first; it is hidden according to the developer and it may take a while before it gets enabled by default in Firefox Nightly. Mozilla has not yet decided on the stable version of Firefox that may get the feature included. The password exporting option itself has been integrated into the Firefox password manager. All you need to do is open about:logins in the Firefox address bar to open it. A click on the main menu (the three dots) displays the new "export passwords to CSV" option. A save dialog opens when you select the export option and you may save the file to the local system or open it using an installed software program. The CSV file contains all saved Firefox passwords and related information; it is a plain text file that can be opened in any plain text editor or spreadsheet application. Most password managers should be able to import the data using the file. Note: since the file is not protected in any way, it is important to keep it safe. One of the better options is to put it in an encrypted container or on encrypted storage space, e.g. by using a program like Vera Crypt. Closing Words Password exporting may not be a much requested feature, and that is likely the main reason why it has not been picked up earlier, but it is a feature that some users will welcome. Firefox may soon get native password exports
  2. Firefox 78 comes with option to view blocked resources Firefox 78 Stable will support options to view website resources that were blocked during page load. Some site content may not be loaded; a common reason for that is that users make use of built-in on third-party content blocking options. While content blocking, e.g. to block ads or tracking, are common, there are also other reasons such as resources that time out or cut server connections. Up until now, Firefox did not list the blocked resources in the list of network connections when opening sites in the web browser. The information may be displayed by the used tools but that depends on the used tool. Firefox 78 comes with a new option to analyze blocked connections; the information is useful to site owners and developers for the most part, but home users may also find it useful if they notice that content is not loaded on certain sites. All that is required is to tap on the F12 shortcut to open the Developer Tools of the web browser. Select the Network tab when the Developer Tools interface is ready. Every item that is listed in red has not been loaded. The reason for that is provided as well, e.g. Firefox might display "blocked by uBlock Origin" if the extension is installed and active. Users may also see Tracking Protection or other blocker extensions as the reason for the blocking. A click on the "transferred" column sorts the entire listing of connections based on the data of that column so that it is easy to analyze all resources that were blocked in the browser during connection to the site. The developer tools provide no option to allow blocked connections; this needs to be managed in the blocking options of Firefox or the extension instead. The new feature is already available in developer versions of the Firefox web browser. Firefox 78 Stable will be released on June 30, 2020 according to the browser's release schedule. Closing Words Extension developers and webmasters may appreciate the new option the most but it may also be useful for home users who want to figure out why content is not loaded on a specific site. Source: Firefox 78 comes with option to view blocked resources (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  3. Get RSS feed URLs from any page and preview them using the Want My RSS extension for Firefox When you are on a website, and want to see if it offers an RSS feed that you may want to subscribe to, what do you do? Usually the best way is to look for the RSS icon on the page. IF there is none, you could check the source or try common feed URLs direclty, e.g. by appending /feed/ to to the domain. https://www.ghacks.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Want-My-RSS-icon.jpg Want my RSS is a Firefox extension that aims to simplify this task. Install the add-on and visit any web page. You'll notice an RSS icon (next to the bookmark icon) in the address bar. Click on the icon and a small pop-up appears, that lists the available RSS feeds. Mouse over the RSS feed that you want to access. Left-click on it and Want My RSS will open load the page in its feed previewer. Another way to do this is to click the RSS Feed URL on the website, or simply open the feed's link, it will be loaded in the extension's previewer. Use it to read the latest articles on the website. This includes the images that were included in the posts, but videos aren't displayed in the previewer. Click on an article's title/URL to load it normally. By default, the add-on uses "Relative time" (like an hour ago) to indicate when an article was published in the feed that you're viewing. Uncheck the box next to "Relative time" to view the exact time stamp when the post was published to the feed. Use the sort box near the top corner in the feed previewer to sort the articles by Newest or Oldest. See that icon to the right of the articles? Click on it to switch to the day or night theme, which changes the background color of the Want My RSS previewer page. Do note that this isn't a full-fledged RSS reader extension by any means (for starters it lacks notifications). You may want to try something like Smart RSS or Feedbro for a proper feed reader. Or, click on the icon next to the Subscribe button to choose from a list of feed readers: Feedly, The Old Reader, InoReader, News Blur, Netvibes, BazQux, Feedbin, G2Reader, CommaFeed, Nooshub. If you don't use any of those, scroll to the top of the preview page. The add-on displays the name and the link of the RSS feed in the top left corner. Mouse over near the URL to view the URL and copy it. Now, you can use it to subscribe to the feed in any feed reader of your choice. The add-on doesn't work perfectly with all sites. E.g. For some reason, it doesn't pick up gHacks' feed, i.e. the Want My RSS button doesn't appear in the address bar. Another thing that I observed was the "Subscribe to page" option that appears when clicking on the three-dot icon in the address-bar. The option was grayed out. However, clicking on the blog's feed button loaded it in the previewer. I also noticed an issue with some websites where the extension would not load the preview (for e.g. the European PlayStation blog). Other options Open the add-on's page to define the rules for custom feeds. If you don't want the extension to load the preview of feeds, disable the "Intercept requests" option. Toggle the "open popup feeds in a new tab" option to force Want My RSS to load a feed in a new tab. It's useful when you don't want to navigate away from the source website. Want My RSS is an open source extension. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/want-my-rss/ Source: Get RSS feed URLs from any page and preview them using the Want My RSS extension for Firefox (gHacks - Ashwin)
  4. Copy the URLs of every tab in Firefox with a single click using Copy All Tab URLs Do you have a lot of tabs open and don't know which ones to close? That's not unusual, most of us don't want to lose our browsing sessions. There could be some important tabs hiding here and there. If you want to use the old-school technique, you can save a list of all your tabs in a text file. While that may be simple to say, it could be a time-consuming task if you have dozens or hundreds of tabs open. You can quickly start fresh without losing the session using various add-ons. Copy All Tab URLs is a Firefox extension that can help you save all the links with a single-click of the mouse. The extension may also be useful if you want to process the links in a different application, e.g. a website downloader, third-party bookmarks manager or other tool that accepts links. How to use the add-on The extension places a button on the toolbar. All you have to do is click on it. The URLs of every single tab will be copied to the clipboard in plain text format. It's done in a split-second, that's what I call user-friendly. You can paste the list in any text editor to save it for future use. Copy All Tab URLs displays a notification in the bottom right corner, when you click on its button, to indicate the copy action has been completed. The notification contains some useful information such as the number of links that were copied, it also indicates which capturing method was used, and the format that the content has been saved to. I'll explain what these are in a bit. Right-click on the add-on's icon and select "Options" to manage its settings. There are just three options to choose from to modify the URL capturing method. Tabs to Copy This option changes the behavior of the extension; by default, the setting that Copy All Tab URLs follows is to only capture the links from the current window. You can toggle the setting, if you want to capture URLs from all windows that you have opened. URLs to Copy The default copy method is to save the URLs from all tabs. Enable the "Only Web" option to force the add-on to only copy those links which begin with http or https. This is useful if you don't want to save local links (about:addons or local HTML, images, PDFs etc), ftp links, etc. Format Copy All Tab URLs can save the links in one of 3 available text formats. The format that's used by default is URL, i.e. the add-on saves the web addresses to the clipboard. e.g. https://www.ghacks.net/2020/05/05/here-is-what-is-new-and-changed-in-firefox-76-0/ Select the "Title and URL" option and the extension will save the title of each tab in addition to the URLs. Copy All Tab URLs adds a line break after the title, and this is followed by the URL of the tab. This format makes the list of tabs clean and easy to read, especially you have many tabs loaded. e.g. Mozilla implements experimental AVIF image support in Firefox Nightly - gHacks Tech News https://www.ghacks.net/2020/05/04/mozilla-implements-experimental-avif-image-support-in-firefox-nightly/ The last option is Markdown, which saves the title and the URL of each tab in the following format: [Title](Link). For e.g. [Dark Background and Light Text is probably the best dark Firefox add-on - gHacks Tech News](https://www.ghacks.net/2020/05/04/dark-background-and-light-text-is-probably-the-best-dark-firefox-add-on/) Personally, I liked the default option as it can be used with extensions such as OneTab that allow you to import URLs from a plain text list. Of course, you could use OneTab, Tabs Aside, Tab Session Manager which offer easier options to backup and restore sessions. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/copy-all-tab-urls-we/ Source: Copy the URLs of every tab in Firefox with a single click using Copy All Tab URLs (gHacks - Ashwin)
  5. Quick Dial is a new tab replacement add-on for Firefox As someone who has been using Firefox for close to two decades, one of my favorite add-ons for the browser was Speed Dial (by Josep Del Rio). It was superseded by Group Speed Dial when Firefox Quantum was released. If for some reason you don't like the extension, Quick Dial is a nice new tab replacement add-on. Install it, and open a new tab. The extension starts with a blank page with a gray background. This is in my opinion could be the biggest con of Quick Dial for the layman, it needs to point the user how to use it. Right-click anywhere on the screen and select the "New" menu. It has two options: Add bookmark or folder. Select the former and enter a URL of the web page that you wish to add. Another way to add a new Quick dial is to right-click the extension's icon on the toolbar and selecting "Add to Quick Dial". This option is also available in the Firefox context menu. Left-clicking the toolbar button opens a new tab, those are the only things it can do, so I feel the button is somewhat unnecessary. Anyway, the new bookmark will be added to the Quick Dial, and the extension generates a thumbnail preview of the site. Sometimes the preview isn't generated. If this is the case, right click on a dial and select refresh. You may also try the "Capture in new tab" option, which makes the extension loads the page in a new tab and when it finishes loading, a thumbnail is generated. It might take a few tries to get this working, I couldn't get it to work correctly with Twitter and Reddit, even though I was logged in to both social networks. There are 2 more options available when you right-click on a dial. Selecting the "Properties" menu item opens a pop-up window that allows you to edit the dial's Title and the URL. Use the browse button to load an image as the thumbnail. The other option in the context menu is Delete, which you can use to remove unwanted dials and folders. Speaking of which, use the Add folder option to create a directory. Use it to store and organize your bookmarks. You can create sub-folders in the parent folders. Bookmarks and Folders can be dragged and rearranged. Let's go back to the context menu. It has a shortcut labeled "Quick Dial Settings", click it to open a pop-up window. It has 3 tabs. The Page tab has customization options for the background color, mode, image. The preview pane displays the changes that you make. Modify the number of rows, columns, set the ratio, margins, from the Grid tab. You can set the default tab behavior for opening bookmarks and folders, i.e. to open in the current tab or a new tab. Don't like the icons for the folder and back button? Use your own. The Cells tab contains settings for customizing the layout, i.e., the margin size, opacity, border size, radius, and also allows you to change the background color of the margins and borders. The final set of options are for editing the title height, font size, border size, text color and background transparency. Unlike some speed-dial add-ons, Quick Dial does not have any cloud features. It is an open source extension. The add-on hasn't been updated in a while, but the developer is active on the GitHub project page. Though it lacks the advanced features (backup, restore, hotkeys, etc.) of Group Speed-Dial, Quick Dial is a good new tab replacement extension. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/quick-dial/ Source: Quick Dial is a new tab replacement add-on for Firefox (gHacks - Ashwin)
  6. Mozilla plans to drop Flash support in Firefox 84 (December 2020) All major browser makers plan to remove Flash support from their browsers in 2020. Adobe announced the deprecation of Adobe Flash in 2017 and companies like Google, Microsoft or Mozilla revealed plans to end support for the technology in their browsers. Adobe Flash won't receive security updates anymore from 2021 on. Firefox uses a plugin system to integrate Adobe Flash, that is installed on the system, into the web browser. Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers ship with a native Flash integration instead. The current state of Flash in Firefox is the following: Flash is disabled by default in Firefox but users may activate Flash on individual sites if they require it. Flash is the only NPAPI plugin that Firefox still supports; support for other NPAPI-based plugins such as Microsoft Silverlight was dropped in Firefox 52 which Mozilla released in 2017. Mozilla updated the Flash deprecation schedule recently; the organization revealed the Firefox version and the month in which Flash would be removed from Firefox. According to the schedule, Flash will be removed in Firefox 84 Stable, which Mozilla plans to release in December 2020. Flash support will be removed earlier from development builds. From Firefox Nightly, the cutting edge development build of Firefox, it will be removed in October 2020. Firefox users may disable Flash in the browser already or remove Flash from the system entirely as this will also remove Flash support in Firefox. Here is the remaining schedule: September 2019 (current state) -- Always Activate option is removed. Firefox will always prompt for permission if sites require Flash. October 2020 -- Flash support is removed in Firefox Nightly 84. December 2020 -- Flash support is removed from Firefox Stable 84. No version of Firefox will support Flash anymore from that point in time. Mozilla plans to remove Flash support in Firefox 84 but there is a chance that these plans may change. It seems unlikely, considering that Adobe won't distribute security updates anymore for Flash in 2021. Google plans to remove Flash support from Chromium in January 2021 with the release of Chrome 88. The change will affect other Chromium-based web browsers as well. Closing Words Most of the Web has moved on already but there are still sites out there that use Flash. Some may cease to work once Flash is no longer support or updated, others may be updated eventually to newer technologies. Source: Mozilla plans to drop Flash support in Firefox 84 (December 2020) (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  7. This is Firefox's upcoming process manager (about:processes) Mozilla is working on integrating a process manager into the organization's Firefox web browser. A preview of the upcoming process manager is now available in recent Firefox Nightly development builds; reason enough to take a look at it to see what it is all about. Mozilla added a Task Manager of sorts to Firefox in 2018 when it launched the new tool in the browser. First available in Nightly builds only, the Task Manager was launched eventually in Firefox Stable. All Firefox users may open about:performance in the address bar to get energy readings and memory impact information on every open tab, extensions, and browser internals. Unlike the Task Manager, which focuses on memory use and energy use of open tabs and extensions for the most part, Firefox's upcoming Process Manager provides information that may be useful mostly to engineers and users interested in technical details. Load about:processes in the address bar to get started. The current iteration of the Process Manager divides the data into browser, socket, gpu, web, extension and privilegedabout (with one web reading for each open site in the browser). Firefox displays the resident and virtual memory, user and kernel CPU usage, and thread for each entry. You can expand individual data points, e.g. a Web or browser section, to get sub-listings. If you open a web process, you get readings for JavaScript, PaintThread, or Decoding activities; these are limited to CPU usage at the time of writing though. The detailed view level is mostly useful to developers and engineers. Extension developers may be able to get some information from the new Process Manager in Firefox as well provided. Most regular users of Firefox will have little use for the process manager if it remains in its current form. While it may be useful to find out about individual memory usage and CPU usage, it is difficult to link certain information, e.g. web process information, to an actual site (unless only one is open). Interested users can check out the meta bug on Bugzilla. The feature may land in Firefox 78 at the earliest. The version of the browser is scheduled to arrive on June 30, 2020. Source: This is Firefox's upcoming process manager (about:processes) (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  8. Firefox 76.0.1 fixes a Windows crash and a bug in extensions Mozilla is currently working on publishing Firefox 76.0.1 Stable to the public. The new version of the Firefox web browser is a bug fix release that addresses two issues found in previous versions of the web browser. Firefox 76.0.1 is a minor release. Mozilla plans to release it on May 8, 2020 to the public. The release is not yet available officially. Once it is available, users may download the new version from the official Mozilla website or use the built-in updating feature of the Firefox web browser to get the update installed automatically on the device it is run on. Firefox 76.0.1 Firefox 76.0.1 addresses two bugs. The new version of Firefox is released just days after the release of Firefox 76.0 Stable; this happens usually when major issues, e.g. security issues, crashes, or compatibility issues, are discovered. Firefox 76.0.1 fixes a crash that occurs in earlier versions on 32-bit Windows devices if certain nVidia drivers are installed on the device. The bug report reveals that the issue accounted for about 7% of all tab crashes since the release of Firefox 76.0. Mozilla notes: This patch switches string literals depending on the platform. No logic change. More specifically, we take care of nvd3d9wrap.dll and nvinit.dll for x86, keeping nvd3d9wrapx.dll and nvinitx.dll for x64, to align with Nvidia's naming rule. The second bug impacts the functionality of some add-ons. Mozilla mentions the Amazon Assistant extension for Firefox specifically but mentions that the issue impacted other extensions as well. The bug report focuses on Amazon's extension for Firefox. The reporter notes that the extension would not load the information (Amazon Home feed) when activated, and the issue appeared only in Firefox 76 and not Firefox 75 but affected Firefox on all supported desktop platforms. Mozilla found the bug quickly: This bug is caused by runtime.onConnect unexpectedly triggering in the browser action popup panel. (EDIT: not just browser action popups but any other extension page, such as extension tabs and background pages). This should not happen, the runtime.onConnect event should not be triggered when the event is registered in the same location as runtime.connect. The official release notes of Firefox 76.0.1 will be published here. Source: Firefox 76.0.1 fixes a Windows crash and a bug in extensions (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  9. IndicateTLS highlights TLS security protocol version in Firefox's address bar IndicateTLS is a browser extension for the Firefox web browser that highlights the security protocol that a website uses in the Firefox address bar. Additionally, it provides detailed security information about certain security features and the protocol. If you see HTTPS in the Firefox address bar you know that the connection to the site is encrypted. While that is good, it is not clear immediately which protocol version browser and site negotiated for the connection. Browser makers like Mozilla have plans to drop support for old security protocols, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 in particular; the deprecation has been delayed due to Coronavirus but TLS 1.2 and 1.3 will become the standard protocols for all sites going forward. Browsers don't show whether a connection uses TLS 1.2 or 1.3 by default. As a Firefox user, you may right-click on the page, select Page Info and switch to the Security tab to see the technical details of the connection. These include which security protocol version is used. The Firefox add-on IndicateTLS brings the information to the forefront. The extension displays the version of the protocol in the Firefox address bar next to the bookmarks icon. There you find listed the version, e.g. 1.2 as in the example screenshot above. A click on the icon displays technical details. These include at the time of writing: The protocol that is used. The connection state, e.g. secure. The cipher suite. Whether Forward Secrecy is enabled. Whether HSTS preload is enabled. Information about the certificate. Switch to the resources tab in the interface to display information about loaded resources and technical details for each. Links to the SSL testing site SSL Labs are provided to run additional tests and get more information about the status of a connection. Closing Words IndicateTLS is a useful extension for Firefox as it highlights the protocol version of the connection in the address bar. Developers benefit from the extension the most as they may use it to check sites and make sure everything is configured correctly. Regular users may find it useful as well as it provides more information on the status of the connection than Firefox in its frontend. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/indicatetls/ Source: IndicateTLS highlights TLS security protocol version in Firefox's address bar (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  10. Here is what is new and changed in Firefox 76.0 Firefox 76.0 is the latest stable version of Mozilla's Firefox web browser. The release date of the web browser is May 5, 2020. Previous Firefox Stable releases, including Firefox 75.0, will be upgraded to the new version automatically on systems with automatic updates. All Firefox channels are upgraded to new versions at the same time. Firefox Beta and Developer versions of Firefox are moved to 77.0, Firefox Nightly jumps to 78.0, and Firefox ESR is upgraded to 68.8. Firefox for Android, the soon to be replaced version of Firefox for the mobile operating system, follows the Firefox ESR versioning and is also upgraded to 68.8. The next stable release of Firefox, Firefox 77.0, is scheduled for a June 2, 2020 release. Executive Summary Firefox 76.0 improves the built-in password manager in several meaningful ways. WebRender continues to be rolled out. Firefox 76.0 download and update Mozilla will release Firefox 76.0 officially on May 5, 2020. Note that the new release may not yet be available at the time of publication. Firefox 76.0 will be available via the web browser's automatic updating functionality as well as direct downloads. You may select Menu > Help > About Firefox to run a check for updates. The following pages list direct downloads for supported Firefox channels (will be available later on May 5, 2020) Firefox Stable download Firefox Beta download Nightly download Firefox ESR download Firefox 76.0 Changes Firefox Password Manager (Lockwise) improvements Mozilla improved the built-in password manager of the Firefox web browser in several ways in Firefox 76.0. Breach alerts inform users in the password manager when sites with saved credentials have been breached. If a breached account password is used on other sites, Firefox will prompt users to update the password on these sites as well to stay secure. Password generation extended to cover more sites on the Internet. Firefox will suggest a secure complex password when you select the password field. Firefox protects saved passwords against local snooping if no master password has been set by prompting for the user account password on Windows and Macintosh systems before revealing passwords. Other changes Picture-in-Picture mode got a new double-click option to switch between fullscreen mode and default size. Support for Audio Worklets allows Firefox users to join Zoom calls on Firefox directly; additional components don't need to be downloaded anymore. WebRender rollout expands to modern Intel laptops with screen resolutions lower than 1920x1200. Minor changes to the address bar: address bar field shadow is reduced in with when new tabs are opened. bookmarks toolbar size expanded slightly (for touchscreen users). Firefox for Android Mozilla lists "various stability and security fixes" without providing details. Developer Changes Deferred scripts will be run after stylesheets are loaded. Firefox supports CSS4 system colors. Firefox supports audio worklets by default. Attempts to navigate to an unknown protocol using methods such as location.href are now blocked. double-click on table headers in the network requests table resizes columns to fit the width of the content. Known Issues Audio playback is not working if 32-bit versions of Firefox are run from a network drive. Security updates / fixes Security updates are revealed after the official release of the web browser. You find the information published here. Additional information / sources Firefox 76 release notes Add-on compatibility for Firefox 76 Firefox 76 for Developers Site compatibility for Firefox 76 Firefox Security Advisories Firefox Release Schedule Source: Here is what is new and changed in Firefox 76.0 (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  11. Mozilla implements experimental AVIF image support in Firefox Nightly Mozilla implemented experimental support for the AVIF image format in Firefox Nightly recently. The feature is not enabled by default in the cutting-edge development version of the web browser but users interested in adding support at the time of writing may do so. Firefox will render AVIF image files just like any other image format supported by the web browser when it is enabled. AVIF, also known as AV1 Image File Format, is based on AV1 and uses HEIF as the container and AV1 frames. It is an upcoming format. Many web browsers support the AV1 video format already and work has begun to integrate the image format AVIF as well. Firefox Nightly users, the browser is currently at version 77.0a1, may enable support for AVIF in the browser provided that they have installed the latest update. Here is how support for AVIF is added to Firefox: Load about:config in the web browser's address bar. Confirm that you will be careful if the warning page is displayed. Search for image.avif.enabled. Set the preference to True. A value of True means that Firefox supports AVIF, a value of False that the image format is not supported by the browser. Note that support is considered experimental by Mozilla at the time of writing. Some features of the image format, e.g. support for derived image items, grid support, are not supported yet by the implementation. Mozilla notes that most AVIF files should render successfully, however. Google plans to integrate AV1 image format support to Chromium (and therefore Google Chrome) as well. Microsoft published a Store application back in December 2018 that users of the company's Windows 10 operating system could install to add AV1 support to the system. Microsoft extended support in Windows 10 version 1903 by integrating AVIF format support in the operating system. Integration meant that programs such as Microsoft Paint support the format. Source: Mozilla implements experimental AVIF image support in Firefox Nightly (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  12. Dark Background and Light Text is probably the best dark Firefox add-on Dark Background and Light Text is a dark theme add-on for the Firefox web browser that converts the color scheme of webpages to a black background and light text by default; it comes with support for different styles, and can be disabled on individual sites. Some users prefer dark themes or websites; operating system developers such as Google or Microsoft have launched support for dark themes in recent years, and browsers like Firefox or Chrome support extensions that can change the color scheme of webpages to make them darker. Some add-ons cause readability issues and require manual adjustments; Dark Background and Light Text is a popular browser extension for Firefox that is considered by many the best extension of its kind for the browser. Note that we have reviewed several dark theme extensions for Firefox in the past; you may want to check out reviews of automaticDark and Dark Reader as well. All you have to do is install the extension in Firefox to start using it. Any site you visit, with the notable exception of internal pages and some Mozilla domains, will be converted to a dark color scheme automatically. You can click on the icon that the extension places in the Firefox address bar to disable its functionality on the active page or to change the algorithm that is used to change the color scheme. One of the main goals of the extension is to ensure that text, including links, is readable when dark mode is active. The extension does a good job at that by default but you can change the colors that it uses for certain elements to customize the look and feel. Options to change the processing, e.g. to invert, are also available. A click on the settings option displays the colors that are used for elements; there you also find the default processing option and the list of custom configurations for individual sites. You may change the following colors in the settings: Default foreground color. Default background color. Default link color. Default visited link color. Default active link color. Default selection color. Just click on the color or edit the Hex code directly; a reset option is available as well. Dark Background and Light Text comes with two hotkeys that you may use to toggle its functionality. F2 works only on the active tab and enables or disables the functionality on it. Ctrl-Shift-D toggles Enabled globally instead. Closing Words A dark theme extension is a good addition to the web browser of choice if you prefer black or darker themes on your devices. Dark Background and Light Text worked well during tests and unlike some other extensions, did not make sites unreadable. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/dark-background-light-text/ Source: Dark Background and Light Text is probably the best dark Firefox add-on (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  13. Manage your tabs, bookmarks, downloads with the Sidebar+ extension for Firefox All-in-One Sidebar was an amazing extension, which was ultimately abandoned by its developer when WebExtensions were introduced. Though nowhere close to AiOS, there are a few sidebar extensions which are worth trying. Sidebar+ is one such add-on. Click on the extension's toolbar icon to view a mini-interface. It allows you to set the location of Sidebar+. Options for these include setting it as a native element (not collapsible), a pop-up window, iframe (collapsible panel), or to disable it completely. I recommend using the left iframe setting, as keeping it on the right and trying to use the scroll bar is a headache, unless you've set the scroll bar to be on the left of course. The gear icon is a shortcut to the add-on's options. The side-bar is visible in full-screen mode, which can be annoying if you're watching videos. But you can quickly toggle it using the F8 hotkey. Another option is to enable the "Collapse to thin-line" option from the sidebar. Now to the side bar itself. It uses auto-hide to collapse itself when you mouse away from it. Clicking the pin-icon can make it sticky, but this uses up quite a bit of the screen's real estate, you can resize it though. There are a bunch of icons at the top of Sidebar+. The Tabs section is essentially a nice tab management tool. It displays a list of all your tabs including the favicon and title of each tab. Click on a tab to jump to its position. Mouse over a tab to bookmark, move, reload or close the tab. The "Bookmarks" section contains the Bookmarks Menu, Bookmarks Toolbar and all other folders that you created. It has 2 buttons that you can use to bookmark the current tab or to create a new bookmark folder. View all your visited tabs from the History section. The Downloads tab is handy for managing ongoing downloads (pause, resume or cancel). Sidebar+ has a built-in RSS Reader. Hit the + button to add a new feed, paste the feed's URL and give it a name. It displays a badge on the RSS icon indicating the number of unread articles. You'll need to resize the sidebar to view the full titles of articles, and to mark posts as read. But that's just about it, the extension doesn't have a built-in article viewer. If you click on a blog post's title, it opens a new tab to load the article. The Pocket tab when authorized to work with your account, displays content that you've saved. The Search tab is pretty useful, as you can look up information and view the results from the sidebar. You can choose from a few search engines (explained in the next section). A persistent search bar appears at the bottom in all tabs, this one's a local search tool that you can use to quickly find a tab. Click the three dot menu icon in the bottom right corner of the sidebar to open the "Configure mouse actions" screen. You can set an action for the following: Left click, middle button click, alt + click, ctrl + click and shift + click. Actions that you can choose are: Open, Open in New Tab, Open in New Inactive Tab or Add to bookmarks. Startpage This is a new tab replacement that Sidebar+ comes with. It can be customized to some extent. Note: This has nothing to do with the "StartPage" search engine. The Startpage is basically a set of tiles which act as speed-dials. The add-on seems to pull the most visited websites and generates shortcuts to those. You can edit them by mousing over to the top right edge and clicking the gear icon. This allows you to change the URL, text (displayed on the tile) and the color of the tile. You can add more tiles to the screen, and rearrange the order of tiles. The Search bar at the top of the startpage is nice. It can search using multiple engines at the same time, though you can pick the ones you want to use from DuckDuckGo, Google, Yandex, Bing, Yahoo, Wikipedia. There's no way to resize the tiles, nor can you modify the size of the text. Setting a tile to use a single word makes the font gigantic. Personally, I disabled the startpage because I'm accustomed to GroupSpeedDial. Head to the add-on's options to disable any of the extra features that you don't like. The extension is open source. If you want a jack of all trades solution, Sidebar+ is a good option. But some of the features aren't as refined as those offered by dedicated extensions (for e.g. GroupSpeedDial, Tab Manager Plus, Smart RSS). Interestingly, the add-on's GitHub page says that it mas removed from the Chrome store by Google. I wonder why. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/sidebar_plus/ Source: Manage your tabs, bookmarks, downloads with the Sidebar+ extension for Firefox (gHacks - Ashwin)
  14. Firefox 77 won't connect to non-domain address bar entries with periods anymore (will search instead) Mozilla plans to change the processing of address bar entries with periods (dots) that are not domain names when it releases Firefox 77. Current versions of Firefox attempt to connect to entries with periods when they are entered in the address bar of the browser. If you enter a phrase like "my.bat" or "console.log", you will get a "Hmm. We’re having trouble finding that site." in Firefox currently as Firefox adds https:// in front of the query because it interprets the input as being a domain name that it should connect to. Note that Firefox interprets the phrase as a search term if it contains spaces. The error is quite common for filename searches. I prepend ? to the query whenever I need to run a search phrase with a period to make Firefox search for the term instead of it attempting to connect to it as it considers the term a domain. Starting in Firefox 77, Firefox uses a different logic when it comes to address bar entries that contain periods. Basically, if the term is not a domain, e.g. ghacks.net, it handles the term as a search. Means: Firefox maintains a list of top level domains (using the public suffix lists); if the typed string contains a period it checks it against that list to determine whether it should try to connect to it or run a search instead. Firefox users who run the cutting edge Nightly version of the web browser will notice the change already. A search for console.log runs a search in the latest version instead of connecting to it. Administrators and users may add custom extensions, those not found in the public suffix listing, in the following way to force Firefox to connect to these sites: Load about:config in the Firefox address bar. Confirm that you will be careful. Type browser.fixup.domainwhitelist.DOMAIN.EXTENSION Make sure you replace DOMAIN and EXTENSION with the values that you require, e.g. browser.fixup.domainwhitelist.example.local Make it a Boolean Set its value to True. You may also type the protocol when you need to access locally available sites Firefox runs the search using the default search engine in that case. It is still possible to prepend ? to the query to make sure that Firefox runs a search for it. If you type ?ghacks.net, Firefox will run a search for the domain name instead of connecting to it. Google Chrome, and other Chromium-based browsers, use the same technique to determine whether a user's input should be resolved or redirected to the search provider configured in the web browser. Mozilla plans to release Firefox 77 on June 2, 2020. Source: Firefox 77 won't connect to non-domain address bar entries with periods anymore (will search instead) (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  15. View thumbnails of your tabs and organize them with Panorama Tab Groups for Firefox Tab Management in Firefox and other web browsers is not overly comfortable by default. That's why some use add-ons to improve tab management in the browser. Who remembers Panorama in Firefox? Mozilla removed it for economic reasons, but an add-on brought the feature back, before it was inevitably killed when WebExtensions replaced "legacy add-ons". Panorama Tab Groups is the perfect alternative for a feature long-lost to us. The extension places an icon on the Toolbar, clicking on which switches to a speed dial-like interface. This shows you every tab in that window, it displays the website's favicon, a mini-preview (of active tabs), and the partial title of each tab; this is the Panorama view. The visual representation of each tab is the reason why the add-on is named Panorama Tab Groups. This is a lot more convenient than just having a list of tabs. Mouse over a tab to view the tab's full title. If you don't want to switch tabs, hit the toolbar icon again to return to the normal view. You can switch to and from the Panorama View using the hotkey Ctrl + Shift + F. Selecting a tab in Panorama Tab Groups jumps to the tab's position (and loads it if it was idle). You can close tabs by using the x button in the tab's dial. Rearrange tabs by clicking and dragging them. The + button inside a tab group can be used to open a new tab. Managing Tab Groups Panorama Tab Groups allows you to create new tab groups, this can be done by using on the + button in the extension's interface. To name a group, click on the text at the top of the tab dials to name your group. You can have several tab groups, but remember that tab groups are stored in the window you opened them in. Say for example, you have a few tab groups, and the current active group has four tabs. Just because you see a single tab group in a window doesn't mean that the window contains only the four from that group. The point is, when you close the window, all tab groups created in it are lost. Also, if you opened two windows and created one tab group in each, you can't access them together. You'll have to switch windows to manage/view the other group. To create a new group, click the + button on the add-on's toolbar. You can drag it to an empty space in the Panorama View to place it. See that blank space in the corner? You can drag a new tab group there. The second button on the toolbar is a shortcut to the extension's Settings page. It allows you to change the hotkeys for switching to Panorama View, and to activate the next Tab Group. Panorama Tab Groups has an optional dark theme to choose from. The add-on has a backup option that lets you save your tab groups (as a JSON file). You can import saved backups to restore them. There is a message that says the backup feature could be removed when proper session management is available in Firefox. Click the third icon on the toolbar to resize the tab groups. Personally, I liked manually resizing the groups. To do so, mouse over a corner of the tab group and drag it to the size you want it to. Not sure where the tab you want is? Use the search box in the toolbar to enter the name of the website or a word in the title of the tab, and hit enter. The extension will switch to the corresponding tab if a match is found. Panorama Tab Groups is an open source extension. Do I have to create new tab groups to use the add-on? No, you can use Firefox with a single window and still use Panorama Tab Groups. If you don't like the add-on, but want a similar and minimal alternative, you might want to try Tab Manager Plus. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/panorama-tab-groups/ Source: View thumbnails of your tabs and organize them with Panorama Tab Groups for Firefox (gHacks - Ashwin)
  16. Speed up downloads in Firefox with Multithreaded Download Manager Multithreaded Download Manager is an extension for the Firefox web browser that may speed up file downloads in the browser thanks to the use of download threads. Download manager extension require a scary number of permissions and Multithreaded Download Manager is no exception to that. The developer explains the permissions on the project's GitHub repository; the extension is open source which means that anyone may check the source code to analyze the functionality. The main feature that the add-on adds to Firefox is that file downloads may be downloaded in threads to speed things up; this works only if the server supports this and if the Internet connection allows it. The extension uses four download threads by default but you may increase the number in the options. Firefox does not allow more than 6 threads by default but you may increase that limit by changing the values of network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server and network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy accordingly. The extension adds an icon to the main Firefox toolbar during installation that you may interact with. Downloads are listed in the interface when you click on it. Each download is listed with its name, speed, completion percentage and other information. There are also options to pause downloads or to cancel them at any time. Multithreaded Download Manager picks up downloads in Firefox automatically but you may start manual download processes as well either by pasting a URL or URLs into the download form or by having it already in the Clipboard as the URL is used then automatically by the extension. The referring page is always the URL and title of the active tab. You may change that manually as well as the address. A click on link or media displays all links and all media files found on the active page to download these directly. You may also add checksum information for verification and change network options including the number of threads, minimum chunk size, and maximum retries before the download is canceled. The extension's options are quite extensive. You may change network, interface, and other preferences, e.g. to automate the download process further, to automatically removed completed or failed downloads, to change several network preferences, or to modify the interface to better reflect what you need. There is even an option to add custom CSS snippets. Closing Words Multithreaded Download Manager may offer a good compromise between using a full download manager such as Internet Download Manager, HTTP Downloader, or uGet, and using a browser's built-in download capabilities. It lacks some of the advanced options that desktop download managers offer, e.g. better management of downloaded files, but not everyone needs these. Landing Page: https://github.com/jingyu9575/multithreaded-download-manager Source: Speed up downloads in Firefox with Multithreaded Download Manager (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  17. Jot down notes quickly in a sidebar with the Nine Notes extension for Firefox Note taking programs are always useful for saving ideas, thoughts, etc for later use. If you use the browser as a tool for work, you might as well use a notes add-on as it integrates notes taking in the browser. While some browsers support note taking by default, e.g. Vivaldi does, others come without such functionality and rely on extensions instead. Nine Notes is an extension for Firefox that can help you jot down notes quickly. When you install the add-on, it places an icon on the toolbar. Clicking it opens a sidebar, this is the extension's interface. It is quite minimalistic. You'll see 5 tabs in the sidebar, one for each note. To close the sidebar hit the X button in the top right corner of the panel. Head to the add-on's options to enable up to nine note tabs. There is no way to rename or rearrange the tabs. The settings page also houses options to toggle a Dark theme, set the font size and type. The Nine Notes text pane is just a large text field. You can type anything in it to save it. There is no support for formatting text or adding images. The add-on has soft wrap (word wrap) enabled by default; you can toggle it from the settings. Highlight text on web pages and right-click on the selection to open the browser's context menu. You will see an option that says "Send to 9 Notes". This sub-menu has its own child menu, that can be used to select the "note number" that you wish to send the content to. For e.g. Sent to 9 Notes > #5. This option saves the selected text in a new line at the end of the selected note. Sadly, this method doesn't work with links, emails (basically any clickable text). Speaking of, links that you save in the notes (by pasting the URL) are not clickable, but you can highlight them and use Firefox's open in new tab option. Nine Notes does not have a search option, so if you jot down something in one of the notes and don't remember where you saved it, there is no direct way of finding it. You can paste the content in a text editor to find the content you were searching for. Alternatively, you can use the "Save' button in the bottom left corner of the sidebar, to save it in a text document which makes it easy to search, and this also lets you backup your notes. Each note tab is saved in its own text file, so remember to save all your note tabs. This is isn't necessary, since the content that you save in Nine Notes are persistent, i.e., they are retained even after you exit the browser or reboot the computer. The extension seems to have been inspired by an old add-on called QuickNote. Though, unlike it Nine Notes cannot be used from a pop-up window, i.e., it works as a sidebar tool. The extension does not support sticky notes or reminders. One of the comments by the developer on the add-on's reviews page mentioned that Nine Notes supports a hotkey on Ubuntu: Shift + Alt + N. It works fine on Windows as well. Nine Notes is not open source. On the bright side, the extension does not require any special permissions to run. The restriction to only have 9 note tabs can be a downside for some. There doesn't seem to be a word limit per tab, so theoretically you could have endless notes. But this is a note taking program, not a text editor, though you can use it as one. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/nine-notes/ Source: Jot down notes quickly in a sidebar with the Nine Notes extension for Firefox (gHacks - Ashwin)
  18. Mozilla adds Dynamic First Party Isolation option to Firefox 77 Mozilla's work on the Firefox browser's tracking protection feature continues unhindered. The organization has now enabled a new option in Firefox 77, currently on the Nightly channel, that is called Dynamic First Party Isolation. Firefox users may use tracking protection presets currently or create custom rule sets for blocking certain elements on websites that may be used for tracking. When it comes to blocking cookies, the four custom options that are available in Firefox Stable are: Cross-site and social media trackers Cookies from unvisited sites. All third-party cookies (may break some sites). All cookies (will cause websites to break). A fifth option has been added to Firefox 77 Nightly. To access the controls, load about:preferences#privacy in the Firefox address bar and select "custom" under Enhanced Tracking Protection. A click on the menu next to cookies should display the new option. Cross-site and social media trackers, and isolate remaining cookies. A warning is displayed when the new cookie behavior is selected: Blocking trackers and isolating cookies could impact the functionality of some sites. Reload a page with trackers to load all content. Some sites may not function correctly if certain elements are blocked on them. Mozilla suggests that users disable tracking protection on the site by adding an exception, to allow it to load correctly in the browser. Firefox users may also use the following preference, network.cookie.cookieBehavior, to change the cookie handling of the browser. Value of 1 -- Block all third-party cookies. Value of 2 -- Block all cookies. Value of 3 -- Block cookies from unvisited sites. Value of 4 -- New Cookie Jar policy (prevent storage access to trackers) Value of 5 -- Dynamic First-Party Isolation. Note that tabs need to be reloaded before the new value takes effect. Mozilla implemented First-Party Isolation in Firefox 55 as a Tor uplift feature. The feature has never been exposed as a preference in Firefox but users could enable it by setting privacy.firstparty.isolate to true in the Firefox web browser. First party isolation means that all identifier sources and browser state are scoped (isolated) using the URL bar domain. Cookies, Cache, Dom Storage, and more are affected by the preference if it is enabled in Firefox. One reason why it is not enabled by default by Mozilla is that it may break some websites when enabled. Firefox users who have set privacy.firstparty.isolate in the browser won't see any change when they switch the cookie blocking value to include dynamic first-party isolation. Source: Mozilla adds Dynamic First Party Isolation option to Firefox 77 (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  19. Speed up the loading of webpages in Firefox with Faster Pageload Faster Pageload is a browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that may speed up the loading of webpages in the browser. The extension uses preloading and lazy loading to speed up the loading of pages in Firefox. Installation should not pose any difficulties; it requires access to all websites since it speeds up the loading of all sites encountered in the browser. Users need to modify two Firefox preferences before they may use the extension to its fullest extent. The process is explained on a help page that is loaded automatically after the installation of the extension completes. The two preferences in question need to be modified on Firefox's about:config page: Search for network.dns.disablePrefetchFromHTTPS and set the preference to FALSE (this enables prefetching of DNS on HTTPS sites) Search for network.predictor.enable-prefetch and set the preference to TRUE (lets Firefox predict which links users will click on next to preload them). The extension adds an icon to Firefox's address bar that acts as a toggle for the extension's functionality. The colorful icon indicates that the extension's functionality is turned on, the gray icon that it has been disabled. Faster Pageload works automatically from that moment on. It will preload resources when you hover over a link to speed up the loading if you actually click on that link. According to the developer, it takes an average of 400ms from hovering over a link to clicking it. The time is used to load the resource to speed up the loading. The lazy loading works as expected; it loads images only when they are in view and will pause the loading of images that are not in view. Once images are about to come into view, e.g. by scrolling, they will be loaded as well so that they display normally. Note that it needs to be enabled in the options (see below) The extension comes with two options that you may control on about:addons. The first enables the preloading of every visible link, the second enables the lazy loading of images in Firefox. Closing Words The extension may speed up the loading of webpages if these are loaded via clicks on links. It does not help if the webpages are loaded automatically, e.g. on browser start or through external applications. Mileage may vary as the effectiveness of the preloading depends on a number of factors including the speed and latency of the Internet connection, the time it takes to click on links, and the linked resource itself. If link loading is particularly slow on your end, you may want to give this a try to see if the extension speeds things up noticeably. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/faster-pageload/ Source: Speed up the loading of webpages in Firefox with Faster Pageload (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  20. Tabs Aside is a Firefox extension that lets you save and restore browser sessions Microsoft Edge (not the Chromium one) has a cool feature that lets you set tabs aside. Basically, it saves your session and lets you restore it at a later time. Tabs Aside is a web extension that can do the same for Firefox. The add-on needs to be setup before it can be used for the purpose. Click on the toolbar icon to get started. A side-panel opens and the setup wizard explains how the add-on works. Tabs Aside saves tabs as bookmarks in its folder. Every session is saved in its own sub-folder. You may choose to create a new folder called 'Tabs Aside' or create a custom folder. The next step in the wizard lets you choose the session saving behavior. You can pick from three options. The default setting is "Active Sessions" that updates bookmarks as you open or close tabs, and each session is saved it is own window. The "Tabs Aside 2" method disables Windowed mode. Or you can choose the "Like Microsoft Edge" option, that disables both Windowed mode and Active Sessions. Note: The current iteration of the extension is called Tabs Aside 3 on GitHub. How to set aside tabs in Tabs Aside Click on the toolbar icon, it has three options. Select the Tabs Aside option, it opens a new window and begins saving each tab to the session. When it's done, a side-panel opens on the left edge of the screen. This is the "Tabs you've set aside panel", technically it's the bookmark folder's title. Note: If you have a lot of tabs, you may notice a slight delay in the process. Let's call this sidebar the sessions panel, because this is where you can view, restore or search sessions. Select the restore option next to a session, and Tabs Aside opens a new window and restores your tabs. It uses lazy loading (only loads the first tab), so don't worry about the browser or the add-on using up too much memory or slowing down the browser while tabs are loading. Sessions that you've saved remain even after you have restored them (since they are saved as bookmarks). Clicking the three dot menu next to a session lets you rename or remove the session. Click on the arrow icon in the left edge of the screen. This makes the add-on list all tabs that were set aside during the selected session. The list displays the title of each tab. You may click on a title to switch to the corresponding tab. Right-click on a listing to copy it's URL to the clipboard. Once you've named a session, it's title will also be displayed in the toolbar icon's menu. Options Page The Tabs Aside settings allows you set the session's root folder, enable or disable Active Sessions, open sessions in a new window, lazy loading. You can change the way tab closing behavior is handled: remove from session or set aside. The add-on does not set aside pinned tabs by default, but there is an option that lets it save pinned tabs. I was looking for a OneTab replacement (hasn't been updated in months, and I wanted an alternative just in case) and stumbled across Better OneTab which sadly doesn't have a Firefox version. So, I continued my search and eventually found Tabs Aside. The extension is open source. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/tabs-aside/ Source: Tabs Aside is a Firefox extension that lets you save and restore browser sessions (gHacks - Ashwin)
  21. Mozilla installs Scheduled Telemetry Task on Windows with Firefox 75 Observant Firefox users on Windows who have updated the web browser to Firefox 75 may have noticed that the upgrade brought along with it a new scheduled tasks. The scheduled task is also added if Firefox 75 is installed on a Windows device. The task's name is Firefox Default Browser Agent and it is set to run once per day. Mozilla published a blog post on the official blog of the organization that provides information on the task and why it has been created. According to Mozilla, the task has been created to help the organization "understand changes in default browser settings". At its core, it is a Telemetry task that collects information and sends the data to Mozilla. Here are the details: The Task is only created if Telemetry is enabled. If Telemetry is set to off (in the most recently used Firefox profile), it is not created and thus no data is sent. The same is true for Enterprise telemetry policies if they are configured. Update: Some users report that the task is created while Telemetry was set to off on their machine. Mozilla collects information "related to the system's current and previous default browser setting, as w2ell as the operating system locale and version". Mozilla notes that the data cannot be "associated with regular profile based telemetry data". The data is sent to Mozilla every 24 hours using the scheduled task. Mozilla added the file default-browser-agent.exe to the Firefox installation folder on Windows which defaults to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\. Firefox users have the following options if they don't want the data sent to Mozilla: Firefox users who opted-out of Telemetry are good, they don't need to make any change as the new Telemetry data is not sent to Mozilla; this applies to users who opted-out of Telemetry in Firefox or used Enterprise policies to do so. Firefox users who have Telemetry enabled can either opt-out of Telemetry or deal with the task/executable that is responsible. Disable the Firefox Default Browser Agent task Here is how you disable the task: Open Start on the Windows machine and type Task Scheduler. Open the Task Scheduler and go to Task Scheduler Library > Mozilla. There you should find listed the Firefox Default Browser Agent task. Right-click on the task and select Disable. Note: Nightly users may see the Firefox Nightly Default Browser Agent task there as well and may disable it. The task won't be executed anymore once it is disabled. Closing Words The new Telemetry task is only introduced on Windows and runs only if Telemetry is enabled (which it is by default). Mozilla is transparent about the introduction and while that is good, I'd preferred if the company would have informed users about it in the browser after the upgrade to Firefox 75 or installation of the browser and before the task is executed the first time. Source: Mozilla installs Scheduled Telemetry Task on Windows with Firefox 75 (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  22. How to display only modified preferences on about:config in Firefox The internal about:config interface of the Firefox web browser is a handy tool to make advanced configuration changes to the browser including many that users would not be able to change otherwise and many that other browsers don't provide at all. Mozilla launched a redesign of the about:config page in recent versions of the Firefox web browser; the new design uses open standards such as HTML and JavaScript and was introduced in early 2019 in development versions of the browser. The initial redesigned version received some criticism as Mozilla launched it without full replication of functionality of the old version. Main points of criticism included that deep linking was no longer supported, that the data could not be sorted anymore, that all preferences could not be listed on the page, and that double-clicks to edit values or change states were not working as well. Mozilla addressed some of these issues in recent updates. It is now possible to display all preferences and to use double-clicks. Sorting and deep linking on the other hand are not supported in Firefox Stable at the time of writing and Mozilla revealed earlier that it won't introduce these features. Firefox users who want to take a look at all modified preferences have a new option now to display all changed preferences on about:config. The listing of core modified preferences on about:support displays only some of the preferences but not all that are modified. Here is how you display all modified (non-default) Firefox preferences on about:config: Load about:config in the Firefox address bar. Confirm that you will be careful if the warning is displayed. Activate the "show all" link to display all preferences. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-K (on Mac Command-Option-K) to display the Console of the Developer Tools. Type allow pasting to enable the pasting of commands. Paste the following in the console and hit the Enter-key afterwards. var elements = document.getElementsByTagName('tr'); [...elements].filter( el => !el.classList.contains('has-user-value') ).forEach( el => el.style.display = (el.style.display === 'none') ? 'table-row' : 'none' ); The instructions parse the data and display only preferences that have been modified. You can go through the listing easily this way to check all modified preferences in the Firefox browser. The change is temporary in nature, a reload loads the standard listing again. Closing Words It may sometimes be useful to check modified preferences, e.g. when something is not working right in Firefox and you are uncertain whether it is caused by one of the preferences. or when you want to make sure that certain preferences are still set to the values that you set them to. Source: How to display only modified preferences on about:config in Firefox (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  23. How to restore the old Firefox address bar Mozilla released Firefox 75.0 Stable on Tuesday and the main change in the release was the revamping of the browser's address bar. One of the changes expands the address bar automatically when a New Tab Page is opened. Mozilla may have decided to make the change to put the focus of the user on the address bar on New Tab Pages. Mozilla highlights other improvements such as improved search suggestions readability, automatic display of top sites when the address bar is selected, common Firefox issue fixes for certain search terms, and an improved user experience on smaller screens. Not all Firefox users like the change. Comments here on this site and on others show that part of the user base is less than thrilled about the change. Common points of criticism include that the auto-expanding address bar feels inconsistent and that it pushes into the bookmarks bar, that the Esc-key does not work as before anymore when used on the address bar, and that the history dropdown (the small down arrow on the right side of the address bar) to the right is no longer available. Feedback is being reported to Mozilla's UX team according to bug reports but it is unclear if the designers or Mozilla will react on the feedback to make changes to the current state. Firefox users may roll back the address bar changes currently but some of the preferences will be removed in the near future (likely in Firefox 77). For now though, Firefox users may make the following configuration changes to get the old address bar back: Load about:config in the browser's address bar. Confirm that you will be careful. Search for the following preferences and set them all to FALSE browser.urlbar.openViewOnFocus browser.urlbar.update1 browser.urlbar.update1.interventions browser.urlbar.update1.searchTips browser.urlbar.update1.view.stripHttps Restart the Firefox web browser. Note that update2 preferences are already present but disabled at this point in time. A second option, one that will resolve most of the changes even if Mozilla removes the preferences listed above, is to make modifications using a userChrome.css file. Here is how that is done: Load about:config in Firefox. Confirm that you will be careful. Set the preference toolkit.legacyUserProfileCustomizations.stylesheets to TRUE to enable the loading of the userChrome.css file when Firefox starts. Load about:support in Firefox. Click on "open folder" next to user profile. Close Firefox. If you don't see a folder named chrome, create it. Open the folder. If you don't see a file named userChrome.css, create it. Paste the following content into the file, save it, and start Firefox. /* based on https://old.reddit.com/comments/fwhlva//fmolndz */ #urlbar[breakout][breakout-extend]:not([open]) { top: calc((var(--urlbar-toolbar-height) - var(--urlbar-height)) / 2) !important; left: 0 !important; width: 100% !important; } #urlbar[breakout][breakout-extend]:not([open]) > #urlbar-input-container { height: var(--urlbar-height) !important; padding-block: 0px !important; padding-inline: 0px !important; } #urlbar[breakout][breakout-extend][breakout-extend-animate] > #urlbar-background { animation-name: none !important; } #urlbar[breakout][breakout-extend]:not([open]) > #urlbar-background { box-shadow: none !important; } Not all changes are reversed but the address bar won't expand anymore after the change is made. Source: How to restore the old Firefox address bar (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  24. Here is what is new and changed in Firefox 75.0 Stable Firefox 75.0 is the latest stable version of the Firefox web browser. Its release date is April 7. 2020. Previously released versions of Firefox, including Firefox 74.0 and Firefox 74.0.1, as well as older versions, may be upgraded to the new version. All major versions of the Firefox web browser receive upgrades when Firefox Stable is updated. Firefox Beta and Dev versions are upgraded to version 76.0, Firefox Nightly is upgraded to version 77.0, and Firefox ESR is upgraded to version 68.7. The current version of Firefox for Android will also be upgraded to Firefox 68.7 while Mozilla prepares the release of the new Firefox browser for Android. The next stable version of Firefox, Firefox 76.0, is scheduled for a release on May 5. 2020. Executive Summary Firefox Stable releases are not delayed because of the global crisis caused by Covid-19 but some features may be delayed because of it. Mozilla revamped the Firefox address bar and introduced new Enterprise policies. Firefox 75.0 download and update Mozilla will release Firefox 75.0 Stable on April 7. 2020. The release may not yet be available officially when this article is published. The new version of Firefox will be available as a direct download on Mozilla's website and also as an in-browser upgrade. Firefox users may check the version in Firefox by selecting Menu > Help > About Firefox; this will also download and install any new version that is found during the check. The following pages list direct downloads for supported Firefox channels (will be available later on April 7, 2020) Firefox Stable download Firefox Beta download Nightly download Firefox ESR download Firefox 75.0 Changes Revamped Address Bar The major feature in Firefox 75.0 is a revamped address bar that helps users "search smarter and faster" according to Mozilla. Mozilla highlights the following improvements: Improved readability of search suggestions. Suggestions include solutions to "common Firefox issues". Better search experienced on smaller screens, e.g. laptop screens. Top Sites appear when the address bar is selected. Top sites are a mix of "recently and frequently visited sites" and sites that are pinned. Linux only: clicking matches other desktop platforms. Single-click selects all without primary selection, double-click selects a word, triple-click selects all with primary selection. Other changes Firefox is available in Flatpak which gives Linux users another option to install and use the browser on Linux devices. Firefox caches "all trusted Web PKI Certificate Authority certificates known to Mozilla" locally. Mozilla notes that this will improve HTTPS compatibility with misconfigured web servers and improve security. Direct Composition is integrated on Windows " to help improve performance" and pave the way for shipping WebRender on Windows 10 laptops with Intel graphic cards. Enterprise: experimental support for using client certificates from the OS certificate store on Mac OS X. To enable, set security.osclientcerts.autoload to true. Enterprise: policies to exclude domains from being resolved via Trusted Recursive Resolver using DNS over HTTPS. Firefox for Android Mozilla lists "various stability and security fixes" without providing additional details. Developer Changes Web Crypto API is no longer supported on insecure sites. Sites may now use the "loading" attribute on image elements to specify that the images should by lazy loaded. Changes to submit event and new requestSubmit method. Several Web Animations API improvements. Security updates / fixes Security updates are revealed after the official release of the web browser. You find the information published here. Additional information / sources Firefox 75 release notes Add-on compatibility for Firefox 75 Firefox 75 for Developers Site compatibility for Firefox 75 Firefox Security Advisories Firefox Release Schedule Source: Here is what is new and changed in Firefox 75.0 Stable (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  25. Firefox to list all host permissions on about:addons Upcoming versions of Mozilla's Firefox web browser will list all host permissions on about:addons, the internal management page of the browser. Firefox, just like most desktop web browsers, supports browser extensions. Extension developers need to specify special permissions for their extensions, e.g. access to a particular site, if they make use of that functionality. Firefox displays these permissions on the Mozilla Add-ons website and when users start the installation process. Firefox users need to accept the permission request to install the add-on in the browser. Add-ons may be managed on the browser's about:addons website. All it takes is to load the URL, or select Menu > Add-ons, to open the management interface. Firefox lists all installed add-ons and their state, as well as themes and other information. Permissions of each add-on may be listed when the add-on is selected on the management page. Up until now, host permissions were limited as Firefox did not list them all but only some. The remaining would be listed as "access your data on X other sites" on the Permissions page. While Firefox users had the option to visit the add-on's page on the Mozilla website to look up all hosts permissions, it was clear that something had to be done about it on about:addons so that users would see all permissions right away. Hosts permissions refer to sites that the extension has access to (opposed to the universal "access your data for all websites" permission. The following two screenshots visualize the difference. The first screenshot shows how Firefox displays hosts permissions currently, the second how hosts permissions are displayed in the future. The change is a smaller one considering that there are only a few extensions that request more than a few hosts permissions. The vast majority of Firefox add-ons that request site permissions appear to request access to all sites even if they are designed to run only on a specific site; this is not a Firefox-specific problem though as the same is done by Chrome extension developers. Source: Firefox to list all host permissions on about:addons (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
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