Firefox's New Download Interface, How To Restore The Old
If you have been following the recent development of the Firefox web browser, and in particular Mozilla's plans with the next upcoming versions, you know that there will be lots of - good - change coming to the browser. From excellent features like click to play, a new Firefox design, a Metro version for Windows 8, Silent Updates, and many cool features for Firefox 13 (which not all may make it into that version).
If you have looked at the new Firefox design mockup linked above, you may have noticed a new download button in the browser window.
This new download interface has now made its way into the Firefox 14 Nightly versions. Make sure you have updated your version to the very latest, as you won't have the new download interface otherwise in the browser. Whenever you download files in Firefox 14 with the new download UI enabled, you will notice that a new download icon is placed in one of the browser bars that is providing you with information about the downloads you make.
The download icon seems to be placed into the navigational bar by default, and if that is deactivated into the browser's tabbar instead.
Firefox users will still see the download dialog window that is giving them option to download or open the file that they have clicked on. Once that is done, you will see the icon pop up indicating how long the downloads will take before they complete. This auto-hides once all downloads have been finished and it gets out of focus. You can bring it back with the Ctrl-J keyboard shortcut, or by selecting Tools > Downloads to bring up the download window again in the browser.
Another benefit of the icon is that you can likely move it around in the interface. My nightly version is currently crashing when I try to customize it, which means that I could not test it out right away.
Disable Firefox Download Icon
If you are not a fan of the new download icon in Firefox 14, you may want to disable it again to get the old Downloads window again.
For that, you need to enter about:config into the address bar of the browser and hit the enter key afterwards. First time users need to confirm that they will be cautious here before they see the editing window. Filter for the term browser.download.useToolkitUI and double-click it to set it to true. True means that Firefox will use the old downloads window, while false means that the new icon will be used instead. It boils down to personal preference, and Firefox is one of the few browsers that is giving users a choice most of the time when it comes to these kind of changes. (via Sören)
It is likely that the feature will ship with Firefox 15 Stable.
Update: Mozilla has removed the switch described above in Firefox 26. This means that you cannot make use of it anymore to go back to the old download window of the browser.
The only option that you have is to use extensions instead, as described in this post detailing the change and options.Advertisement