If you have been running a recent version of the Firefox web browser on your computer you've probably noticed that the image viewer has changed considerably in recent time. A click on an image link in the browser displays the new image now centered on the screen with a black background. Veteran Firefox users know that the image previously was displayed on the regular browser background without being centered in the browser.
The new feature has seen heavy complaints from part of the Firefox user base. Users who did complain about it did not like the black background, and only to a lesser degree the centering of the image in the browser window. Some users noticed that the new style had issues displaying transparent images with a lot of alpha correctly in the browser. And while those may be minor issues, it is still not really clear why Mozilla did not add a switch, or an about:config parameter, to enable or disable the feature.
According to Bugzilla, the original request has been filed in 2007 to display images on a neutral background (and not white). Makes me wonder why dark gray or black has been selected, and not a neutral grayish background.
Especially the switching from a light-themed website to the black image background is something that a growing number of users feel is not pleasing to the eye.
Old Default Image Style is a Firefox add-on that returns the display of images to the way it has been in the browser. The images are again displayed on a white background in the upper left corner of the screen.
Firefox users who like the centering of images can enable that option in the add-on preferences. Here they can also change the default white background to another color. The background color input field supports both hex color values as well as HTML colors (so red and #cecece both work).
Especially the ability to change the color of the background comes in quite handy for Firefox users who do not want images displayed on a dark background in the browser. The extension itself is restartless, and changes to the background color are immediately visible on "direct" image tabs in the browser.
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