Hide or prolong Firefox's Downloads Complete notification
The Firefox web browser displays a notification on the system whenever downloads complete in the browser. The notification shows up in the lower right corner of the screen, stays there for 2 seconds before it is closed automatically by an automated process. It reads "Downloads complete. All files have finished downloading.".
If you are fast enough, you can click on the second sentence of the notification to open the browser's download manager, but that can also easily be done with the shortcut Ctrl-J, or by clicking on the main Firefox button and selecting Downloads from the menu that opens up.
Firefox comes with options to remove the notification altogether, which may be useful for users who do not really need it or interact with it, or prolong it so that it remains visible for a longer time on the desktop.
Let me show you how you can manipulate both options:
- Type about:config in to the Firefox address bar and hit the enter key afterwards.
- You will get a warning notification that you should read through before you continue. if this is your first time opening the page.
- To disable the Downloads Complete notification altogether, type (or copy and paste) browser.download.manager.showAlertOnComplete in to the search field on the about:config page.
- The default value is set to true indicating that the notification is displayed after downloads finish in the browser.
- Double-click the value to set it to false to turn off the popup in the browser.
- To change the interval of the alert, type browser.download.manager.showAlertInterval in to the search field
- The value is set to 2000 (milliseconds) by default. To change it, double-click the entry and change the value to another interval. Make sure you select milliseconds (seconds * 1000) for that. So, if you want to keep it open for five seconds, enter 5000 as the value.
You find a couple of related parameters here that you may find useful.
- browser.download.manager.retention defines the retention of downloads in the download manager's queue. The default value 2 means that downloads are never removed automatically. You can change that to 0 (zero) to have downloads removed immediately after they complete, or 1 which removes complete and canceled downloads on browser exit.
- browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone defines whether downloads will be automatically scanned when they finish. The default is set to true which means that they are. Double-click the value to set it to false to turn off the scanning of downloads.
- browser.download.manager.alertOnEXEOpen displays an alert notification whenever you try to open an executable file that you have downloaded. Double-click the value to set it to false so that you do not receive those warnings anymore. The default value is true.
- browser.download.manager.addToRecentDocs defines whether completed downloads are added to the Recent Documents listing of the operating system. The default value is true, double-click to change that to false so that they are not added.
Mozilla introduced a new download panel in Firefox 19 Stable that replaced the old download manager window by default. You can disable that panel as well, instructions on how to do so is available here in this guide.Advertisement