How to turn the new Firefox 29 into the old Firefox

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 26, 2014
Updated • Apr 26, 2014
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Firefox 29 will introduce changes to the web browser that will rock the world of some users of the browser. The version of Firefox ships with Australis, a design, layout and feature change that introduces major changes to Firefox and is in my opinion comparable to the major switch from Firefox 3 to 4.

So what are those changes?

If you are running Firefox Beta, Aurora or Nightly, you have already been switched to Firefox Nightly. The same will happen to stable users next Tuesday, the 29th of April.

Firefox Australis simplifies the main interface of the Firefox web browser. Not only that, but it is also optimizing the browser for touch-input, for instance by displaying large icons in the new menu. While that may appeal to some, Mozilla decided to remove options from the browser such as the ability to display small buttons.

Once you have upgraded your browser and restarted it, you will notice quite a few changes right in the main interface. The most obvious ones are the following:

  • The Firefox button is gone. It has been replaced with what web designers call a Hamburger button (displaying three horizontal bars). The position of the button has changed as well, it is now in the same location where Google Chrome displays it.
  • Tabs in the browser use a curved design now and are displayed by default on top of the other toolbars.
  • If you have used the add-on bar, you will notice that it is gone now. The add-on bar was displayed in the footer area of the browser.
  • All extension icons are now displayed in the main Firefox toolbar along with the address bar and search form.

Once you start to use the new Firefox version, you will stumble upon additional changes.

The bookmarks icon is not displayed in the address bar anymore and it is linked to the bookmarks listing, the home button was moved to that toolbar as well, and here you also find the download button.

Once you click on the Hamburger button, you will notice that the menu is totally different from the menu the Firefox button offered.

While you find some items here that were also displayed in the Firefox button menu, you won't find others. You may also notice that the menu takes up quite some space, and the core reason for that is that it displays large icons for most options displayed here.

One improvement here is that you can customize the menu to your liking. When you click on Customize in the menu, Firefox will switch to an edit the interface mode.

You can now drag and drop interface elements around -- most but not all (the address bar is not for example) are movable.

So what is displayed in the new menu by default?

  1. Cut, Copy and Paste operations.
  2. Zoom out, default zoom and zoom in.
  3. New window and new private window.
  4. Save Page and print.
  5. History.
  6. Full Screen.
  7. Find.
  8. Options.
  9. Add-ons.
  10. Developer.

There are also sign in to Sync, customize, the help button, and an exit Firefox button but those cannot be altered in any way.

The core change functionality-wise to the Firefox button menu is that you do not have access to sub-links anymore. The old menu displayed direct links to web developer tools which the new does not anymore.

There are six additional tools and features that you can drag and drop to one of the toolbars or Firefox's new Hamburger button:

  1. Open File.
  2. Subscribe.
  3. Character Encoding.
  4. Email Link.
  5. Sync.
  6. Tab Groups.

Several features native to Firefox 28 and earlier are missing such as the ability to select small buttons, to display text only buttons, or the ability to display tabs on bottom.

Making Firefox 29 look like the old Firefox

Firefox would not be Firefox anymore if it would not allow you to customize the browser to your liking. With Australis, you have to rely on add-on authors to bring back functionality to it.

Good news is that you can modify the browser to your liking or restore the interface so that it looks similar to the one you used to work with. Bad news is that you have to rely on third-party authors to do so.

While you have quite a few options in this regard currently, it is possible that authors may stop development in the future so that their extensions cannot be used anymore in newer versions of the browser. Plus, with new changes introduced you need to wait for these authors to update their extensions so that it remains functional.

Classic Theme Restorer

classic theme restorer

Classic Theme Restorer is without doubt the major add-on for Firefox to change its look and feel to pre-Australis. Once you install it, you will notice quite a few changes right away.

The Firefox button is displayed again in the interface instead of the Hamburger button, and it behaves exactly like the button that was implemented in Firefox 28 and earlier. Tabs are displayed squared again as well right away, and the add-on has been restored at the bottom of the browser window.

To restore some features, you need to go through the options the extension makes available. Since there are quite a few, I'll concentrate on the most important ones only:

  1. You can modify tab behavior and design further. The add-on ships with several tab designs that you can check out -- squared and curved in several iterations -- the option to display tabs on bottom again, and to configure min and max widths for tabs. Here you can also move tabs from the titlebar to their own toolbar instead.
  2. Small buttons on navigation toolbar. This feature reduces the height of the main toolbar which saves quite a bit of space.
  3. Movable back and forward button. You can now drag and drop the back and forward button to another location again.
  4. Star button in urlbar displays the bookmarks star button in the url bar.
  5. Display small or large icon sizes in the Firefox navigational toolbar.
  6. Show icons only, icons and text, or text only for buttons.

Firefox can look like this after you have installed Classic Theme Restorer and made a couple of modifications in the interface.

old firefox design

Here are the changes that I made to the Classic Theme Restorer settings to achieve that:

  1. Enabled "Small buttons on navigational toolbar".
  2. Used customize to move the add-on icons to the status bar, and the home, download and bookmarks icon to the main toolbar again.

While it may not be 100% identical, it comes very close to how Firefox looked previously.

Other Australis related extensions for Firefox

Most add-ons listed below concentrate on the restoration of one or a couple of features only. They may be the better choice if you only want to modify these individual items as Classic Theme Restorer may be overkill in this case.

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  1. Jonas said on September 27, 2019 at 7:31 pm
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    Since I’ve rarely wanted to transfer more than one tab between browsers, I’m not inclined to install another extension just for that — especially one that (according to your description) closed all my tabs in the process. In the past I’ve just copied and pasted the URL, but (even for just one tab) that is a little tedious.

    I just tried an interesting little experiment, with a useful result. (I did this on my Mac, but I’m guessing it would work on other platforms too.) I’m reading this article in Firefox, so I opened a new blank window in Chrome. At the top of both browser windows, at the far-left end of the URL bar, there’s a little icon of the letter “i” in a circle. (If you hover over it in Firefox, it says “Show site information”; in Chrome, hovering it says “View site information” — that’s the icon I’m talking about.)

    I simply dragged the Firefox “i” icon from the top of this page, into the Chrome window — and this page loaded in Chrome! It worked! Then I tried something just a bit trickier, in the other direction — I first (from a bookmark) loaded into Chrome a page from my local web-development server (i.e. not online)… then dragged the “i” icon from the Chrome toolbar into this Firefox window — and it worked then too!

    So, although I have no interest in the OneTab extension, I just learned something useful! I hope other people find this trick useful too. (Later I’ll try it in Safari — maybe it works in every browser?)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 28, 2019 at 8:03 am
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      Interresting find Jonas, thanks for sharing!

      1. John G. said on August 27, 2023 at 8:13 pm
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        Your comment doesn’t appear to be one of the real @Martin, because there is no black label rounding the entire title of the comment as before. :S

  2. kero said on January 30, 2020 at 10:08 am
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    I also used onetab already and didn’t even know they had this feature. Thanks so much.

  3. Legion said on February 17, 2021 at 2:53 pm
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    Exporting tabs to FF: “The address wasn’t understood. Firefox doesn’t know how to open this address, because one of the following protocols (chrome-extension) isn’t associated with any program or is not allowed in this context.”

    Useless.

  4. DMoRiaM said on August 17, 2023 at 2:52 pm
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    And the most important information was left out of the article or it don’t even exist in the first place: how to completely disable such functionality.

    1. Tom said on August 23, 2023 at 8:59 am
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      Your comment doesn’t make any sense at all. It’s an explicit user action to import data from other add-ons. If you don’t want it you just don’t do it.

      1. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:14 am
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        This comment actually does make a lot of sense, and I am actually searching for this. Some people do NOT want websites to be (badly) translated, so they never use such a feature. The things is, every time I visit a non-english website this annoying menu pops up, and the button is another element in the URL bar cluster of useless unused features. I do not want to add all languages to a “do not translate” list, instead I want a “hide button” or “disable translations completely” setting.

      2. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:24 am
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        This comment actually does make a lot of sense, and I am currently searching for this. Some people do NOT want websites to be (badly) translated, so they never use such a feature. The things is, every time I visit a non-english website this annoying menu pops up, and the button is another element in the URL bar cluster of useless unused features. I do not want to add all languages to a “do not translate” list, instead I want a “hide button” or “disable translations completely” setting.

      3. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:32 am
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        my bad. somehow my, and I think DMoRiaM’s comment got mixed into the wrong article. Haha.

    2. Christoph said on August 25, 2023 at 9:34 am
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      go to about:config and set browser.translations.automaticallyPopup to false.

  5. Sean said on August 17, 2023 at 11:34 pm
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    Does this hack still work on FF 107 or whatever is most current?

    1. Addlibs said on August 19, 2023 at 9:27 pm
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      Firefox 118 seems to be officially rolling this out by default: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/website-translation

      1. zed said on August 20, 2023 at 11:08 am
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        Hoping Mozilla won’t remove the option altogether in the future as they already did for other, ahem, unwanted features… Why don’t they listen to their users instead?

      2. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 4:13 am
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        @zed,

        your reply seems to be Addlibs (according to your RSS reader),
        Addlibs did not intend to comment on this article “OneTab browser extension”, but regarding Firefox’s new built-in fullpage translation “Firefox Translation”.
        Firefox Fullpage Translation
        https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/website-translation

  6. dmacleo said on August 20, 2023 at 5:22 pm
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    what the heck is going on with comments on this site lately?
    first comment on THIS article was 9-2019.

    1. John Wold said on August 21, 2023 at 2:50 am
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      Looks like the comments database is corrupted.

      Besides old comments appearing in new articles, the same comment appears in multiple articles.

      Also I answered a comment in one article, and the same answer appeared as an answer to a different comment by the same person.

  7. owl said on August 21, 2023 at 4:16 am
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    @Martin Brinkmann,

    Anyway, please deal with this anomaly ASAP.
    Comments are a mess, irrelevant and chaotic.
    If there is no prospect, Ghacks Technology News should be put on hiatus until the system is fixed.

    1. Frankel said on August 21, 2023 at 11:46 am
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      It’s the same as before with endless monologues or people telling others why they are wrong.

      1. Guest said on August 23, 2023 at 3:55 pm
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        Actually, Frankel, it’s you who’s wrong

  8. martins Lutes said on August 22, 2023 at 4:39 pm
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    This is all techo-BS. What people want is far simpler: a hotkey toggle: images on/images off. Is that really so complex? Seems so. It’s like autoplay videos on/off. In that case you can set it to off but it doesn’t stick. Typical digiocy.

  9. Mystique said on August 23, 2023 at 11:11 am
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    This isn’t great but it might help people that have moved from chrome to firefox to some extent. I can’t tell you the amount of time I have seen people complain that a certain extension they use on google is not available and the only thing holding them back from moving over when they are actually wrong and the very same developer has a Firefox version also. I would always encourage manually looking as there are always hidden gems.

    In regards to the website I have reached out to Martin personally and to his credit he replied very quickly. He has informed me that they are aware of the problems and are attempting to fix it.

    Martin is no longer involved in the technical management of the site so I imagine if we want to ask someone then our comments would perhaps be better directed towards Softonic.

  10. John G. said on August 23, 2023 at 11:39 am
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    I don’t understand what is happening here with the comments. The counter shows zero comments and then inside there are some comments from older dates even since years. And mostly of them are non related by the way with the article. So sad what’s going on and nobody is still fixing it. :S

    1. Herman Cost said on August 23, 2023 at 5:35 pm
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      This site now appears to be mostly be created and run by AI. On the positive side (if there is one), I guess we can assume at some point the AI will be capable of recognizing and fixing corrupted files and the like.

  11. Andy Prough said on August 23, 2023 at 6:05 pm
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    “Import Chrome extensions” …. (by installing comparable Firefox extensions) … (for a small number of extensions).”

    What a bunch of bogus PR spin. Someone who liked uBlock Origin on Chrome could already install it just fine on Firefox with a couple of mouse clicks. This just adds extra unnecessarily complicated steps to something that was already dead simple, all in order for Mozilla to claim fake one-to-one compatability that doesn’t actually exist.

  12. Ray said on August 23, 2023 at 9:57 pm
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    It would be interesting if Firefox could install Chrome Addons directly from the Chrome Web Store. Although there would probably be some incompatibility, perhaps there’s a shim to translate some Chrome-specific WebExtension APIs over to Firefox. Microsoft Edge can install extensions directly from the Chrome Web Store, but Edge is using the same Blink web engine as Chrome so that makes things easy.

    Don’t really care about importing as I never use that feature.

  13. Rex said on August 24, 2023 at 11:50 am
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    Just retire Gecko and join the Blink bandwagon already, Mozilla. Then you can guarantee 100% Chrome extension compatibility! /s
    Not like your browser is getting much attention let alone budget compared to your other woke social justice initiatives.

  14. Anja said on August 24, 2023 at 2:36 pm
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    Hello,

    does anyone know if the STG has issues with the sidebar at the moment? I just added it and can not find any option to use it in the sidebar. I am also using an add-on for tree style tab…this might be the source of the problem?

    Greetings, Anja

  15. Pete willams said on August 25, 2023 at 1:41 am
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    tried typing- about:config -in the search bar -( I want to enable javascript) but it simply will NOT open!

  16. Anonymous said on August 27, 2023 at 4:51 pm
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    I tried Firefox Translate, but it doesn’t do Chinese or Japanese, and that’s a deal-breaker for me. I uninstalled it and am sticking with the Google Translate extension.

  17. ECJ said on August 27, 2023 at 7:07 pm
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    “…Vivaldi and Brave use self-hosted solutions, which still require connections, but offer better privacy than an integration of Google Translate or other third-party translation services would offer.”

    While I like Brave as a browser, their translation “solution” just plain sucks. I’d rather have the data sent to Google or Bing, than have a translate feature that just doesn’t work properly. Not only is it not possible to select just a section of text to translate, but to make it worst, most of the time translating the whole page in Brave is either really unbearably slow, or more often than not, it just won’t translate the page at all and displays a “This page couldn’t be translated” error. It’s pretty pointless if their users need to keep using something else to translate pages and have to give up their privacy anyway.

    The native translate feature in Firefox sounds like a much better solution than what Brave use.

  18. Merlin said on August 27, 2023 at 8:05 pm
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    Great news, thanx FF devs! Hopefully, more languages will be available in the future. So happy!

  19. TelV said on August 28, 2023 at 1:18 pm
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    Floorp comes with its own built-in translator. It’s been like that ever since the first release in fact.
    https://floorp.app/download

  20. Mystique said on August 29, 2023 at 1:39 pm
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    Article title: Firefox 117: native language translations, last Firefox 102 update and security fixes
    https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/29/firefox-117-native-language-translations-last-firefox-102-update-and-security-fixes/

    I think for now every time I comment on an article I am going to put the title of the article and/or the URL of said article because I am seeing my own comments which are from another Firefox related article but not exactly this one.

    In regards to this website Martin does not have administrative access to the back end of the website. It would fall on softonic international to fix it now which seems to be of very low priority.

    This might be the straw that broke the camels back for ghacks which is a shame because it had many good comments and articles that go way back. Moving away from it would suck.

    Maybe try contacting them here to see if you can get any action.
    https://hello.softonic.com/contact/

  21. Quinton Blakely said on August 30, 2023 at 3:31 pm
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    Can you help me please.

  22. Brian said on September 1, 2023 at 12:15 am
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    Latest version, they pust their VPN (powered by Mullvad) yet again. Instead of writing version changes. sigh. https://imgur.com/g6N20bN

  23. Shiva said on September 1, 2023 at 10:01 am
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    Luckily I had a recent backup available. Firefox was no longer giving me access to profiles when I reinstalled version 116.03 and was asking me to create a new profile. It asked me to upgrade last night and to my surprise all theJS scripts were gone.
    https://github.com/xiaoxiaoflood/firefox-scripts/issues/265

  24. Firewall said on September 1, 2023 at 3:58 pm
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    Firewall: “Deny [Firefox] outgoing connections to domain nextdns.io”

  25. Firewall said on September 1, 2023 at 9:56 pm
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    Firewall: “Deny [plugin-container] outgoing connections to domain cloudflare-dns.com (including mozilla.cloudflare-dns.com)”

  26. Zibtek said on September 13, 2023 at 8:46 am
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    It’s exciting to hear that Mozilla is actively working on a design refresh for their Firefox web browser, internally referred to as Photon. The last major redesign, known as Proton, was introduced in Firefox 57 back in November 2017. Since then, Mozilla has made some interface changes, including the controversial address bar overhaul in Firefox 75 Stable.

    While specific details about the design refresh are currently limited, Mozilla has created a meta bug on Bugzilla to track the changes. Although no mockups or screenshots have been shared yet, the bug names provide some insights into the elements that will receive a refresh, such as the address bar, tabs bar, main menu, infobars, doorhangers, context menus, and modals.

    The new design is scheduled to be released in Firefox 89, which was initially planned for a mid-2021 release, specifically May 18, 2021. However, as development work is still ongoing, there is a possibility of a delayed release.

    1. TelV said on September 13, 2023 at 11:58 am
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      @ Zibtek,

      I’m already using Photon on Floorp which is a fork of Firefox. Here’s a pix of what it looks like:
      https://i.postimg.cc/8PsK7DjV/floorp-photon.png I enabled the menu bar at the top, but you can turn it off if you don’t like it.

      Floorp is a Japanese browser based on FF102. I’ve been using it as my default browser ever since ‘owl’ pointed it out on the Ghacks site last year (or was it this year, can’t remember exactly when). In any event it contains many more enhancements than the vanilla version of Firefox. It also comes with searXNG search engine in the list of search engines provided which saves having to install it yourself.

      Floorp download: https://floorp.app/en/

  27. owl said on September 13, 2023 at 9:03 am
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    My comment is regarding the following,
    Article title:
    Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/13/mozilla-patches-critical-webp-security-issue-in-firefox-and-thunderbird/#respond

    Indeed, today, those patch versions were applied through automatic updates.
    However, since I had disabled the “WebP” function, I was not interested in that topic (Google, etc.).

    Regarding Thunderbird:
    Today finally,
    My Thunderbird 102.14.0 (en-US) was updated with “Thunderbird 102.15.1 (x64)” through the automatic update feature.
    By the way,
    Naturally, it will not be automatically updated to 115 (Supernova).

    Anyway,
    it is clear from Bugzilla that the bug fixes related to migration from 102 to 115 are not complete, so existing users of “102” should refrain from manually updating to 115.
    >> ghacks.net/2023/09/08/thunderbird-102-to-115-upgrades-are-now-enabled/#comment-4573569

    Betterbird has been released 115.2.1-bb11 (12 September 2023) . Betterbird make Thunderbird a faithful upstream.
    Betterbird: Release Notes
    >> betterbird.eu/releasenotes/?locale=en-US&version=115.2.1&channel=default&os=WINNT&buildid=20230911203543

    1. owl said on September 13, 2023 at 9:31 am
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      @Martin Brinkmann,

      I posted in response to an article published on 2023/09/13.
      Article title: Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird. >> ghacks.net/2023/09/13/mozilla-patches-critical-webp-security-issue-in-firefox-and-thunderbird/
      However, the link was to an unrelated article published on 2019/09/27.
      >> ghacks.net/2019/09/27/how-to-import-tabs-from-chrome-to-firefox-and-vice-versa/

      This kind of “disorder of Articles and Comments” has been going on for another month.
      Is this an obvious (by Softonic, which operates and manages ghacks.net) act of sabotage against Martin and Ashwin?
      It’s really frustrating!

  28. Anonymous said on September 13, 2023 at 11:09 am
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    [ My comment is on “Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird” https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/13/mozilla-patches-critical-webp-security-issue-in-firefox-and-thunderbird/ though not directly related to that article ]

    What happened to gHacks? When the site was bought out, Martin assured us it wouldn’t go downhill and he’d maintain editorial control, but the AI-written articles are ruining the quality of the site. I’ve been tempted to drop the site from my RSS reader because of this. Is there an RSS feed with only the human-written articles? Individual feeds for each author isn’t a good solution.

  29. Mystique said on September 13, 2023 at 1:38 pm
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    Article Title: Mozilla patches critical WebP security issue in Firefox and Thunderbird
    Article URL: https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/13/mozilla-patches-critical-webp-security-issue-in-firefox-and-thunderbird/

    If anyone was unaware you should download the extension “Don’t Accept WebP” regardless of the patch. WebP is absolute trash that is unnecessary and clearly an issue. I would rather my images be in their native format and not some recompiled trash such as WebP.

    I have absolutely no love for the parent company of this website.

    1. bruh said on September 13, 2023 at 6:33 pm
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      I agree, this is so atrocious – most of the time you can even tell by the URL what format the original image was in – this “reconvert-on-the-fly” nonsense is terrible – but especially so when you’re converting a lossy format, which should be avoided as often as possible.

      Sometimes you can edit the image URL to get it to send the right image, unfortunately “don’t accept WebP” doesn’t always work – but that’s why they offer a built in conversion, I suppose.

    2. TelV said on September 13, 2023 at 6:46 pm
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      @ Mystique,

      Thanks for the tip (about the addon). I wasn’t aware that Webp was a vulnerability.

  30. News filter for ghacks said on September 13, 2023 at 8:44 pm
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    I read only Martin Brinkmann’s, Mike Turcotte’s, and Ashwin’s articles. Add uBlock Origin news filter for ghacks:

    ! 2023-09-13 https://www.ghacks.net/
    ghacks.net##.hentry,.home-posts:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

    1. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 7:50 am
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      @ https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/13/mozilla-patches-critical-webp-security-issue-in-firefox-and-thunderbird/#comment-4573641

      I tried your uBlock filter on Brave snap packaga for Ubuntu, but it doesn’t work, do I need to restart the browser?

      I have noticed uBO doesn’t fully work on Brave, for instance the Element Picker can’t pick anything while the Zapper do, but not 100%, Nuke Anything works much better, but it’s only temporarily.

  31. bruh said on September 19, 2023 at 5:53 pm
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    “important address bar change” alright calm down… lol

    I have gotten rid of the stupid shield and the “not secure” box, and have it set up so that it always displays the full URL (I think…?).

    In a perfect world, it should just always show the full url, no icons, or emojis, or anything like that.

    “Users may want to know why Firefox is no longer displaying https:// in the address bar” I’ll bet nobody will notice anything – apart from a select few autists like myself who customise everything and don’t like change.

    1. Tom Hawack said on September 19, 2023 at 6:57 pm
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      “Users may want to know why Firefox is no longer displaying https:// in the address bar”

      Why, I don’t know either (a breeze of madness or is it of love in the air), but there’s an about:config to handle that as well (Firefox) :

      // display all parts of the url in the location bar (do not trim)
      pref(“browser.urlbar.trimURLs”, false); // Dfault=true

      Things, too many, too often are decided in spite of common sens.

  32. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 7:48 pm
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    Firefox is always copying whatever Chromium does… it is like they are a Chromium browser without the name and having trouble rendering many websites. In fact, it is like they are getting 400million just for existing and adopt anything Google releases or does, like web extensions, widevine, safe browsing and then visual changes like this.

    I like how some people think there is a choice, and the choice is better than the leader… while still failing at basic stuff.

  33. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 7:52 pm
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    What’s the point of these useless changes? Just show the full address with the protocol at all times and be done with it…

  34. Grand Prosecutor Jihana said on September 19, 2023 at 8:55 pm
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    I set the User Agent address bar to always show the entire URI in a unmasked format.

    Martin, as of 19 September 2023, the gHacks comments system is still severely mangled. Data subjects have considerable rights conferred on them; where those decisions are likely to affect them.

    1. Grand Prosecutor Jihana said on September 21, 2023 at 4:54 pm
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      Let’s start again. “I set the User Agent address bar to always show the entire URI in [an] unmasked format.”

      Hallowed be the memory of the Lost Souls.

  35. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 9:40 pm
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    “HTTPS doesn’t mean safe:
    Many people assume that an HTTPS connection means that the site is secure. In fact, HTTPS is increasingly being used by malicious sites, especially phishing ones.”

    [https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/https-does-not-mean-safe/20725/]

  36. Anonymous said on September 19, 2023 at 9:41 pm
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    HTTPS doesn’t mean safe
    Many people assume that an HTTPS connection means that the site is secure. In fact, HTTPS is increasingly being used by malicious sites, especially phishing ones.

  37. x said on September 19, 2023 at 9:42 pm
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    HTTPS doesn’t mean safe
    Many people assume that an HTTPS connection means that the site is secure. In fact, HTTPS is increasingly being used by malicious sites, especially phishing ones.

  38. Tachy said on September 20, 2023 at 4:11 am
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    website still wacked huh?

  39. Anonymous said on September 21, 2023 at 2:06 am
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    Article: Firefox 119 will launch with an important address bar change
    https://www.ghacks.net/2023/09/19/firefox-119-will-launch-with-an-important-address-bar-change/

    Just one thing regarding the URL bar as it looks like now in latest Firefox, the relatively new feature where some extensions would add their icon inside the URL bar, how bad can it get?

    https://imgur.com/uIlWI58
    https://postimg.cc/YvYnpzGh
    https://ibb.co/QQT584N
    ps. uploaded same pic to several links just to make sure some will work.

    (For those who can’t see the pic it’s a snapshot showing a URL bar full of extensions, and also Firefox own built in icons that would appear inside the URL bar depending in some cases on which type of website is being viewed, there’s no space left for the actual thing the URL bar is supposed to view, namely the URL address itself)

    Yes, I have several extensions on the toolbar, but the menu bar is pretty full and I want to keep some on the toolbar too, and usually Firefox would also push excessive extensions behind a drop-down menu for access to them as well, but as it looks like now the URL bar is given too little space priority, or is there a way to restrict to a minimum URL bar size?

    1. a2 said on September 24, 2023 at 4:13 am
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      You can modify Firefox with a “profileFolder/chrome/userChrome.css” file:
      /* https://www.reddit.com/r/FirefoxCSS */
      /* https://github.com/MrOtherGuy/firefox-csshacks */
      @import url(urlbar_info_icons_on_hover.css);
      @import url(page_action_buttons_on_hover.css);
      @import url(compact_extensions_panel.css);
      #urlbar-container:focus-within { min-width: 60vw !important; }
      #navigator-toolbox .chromeclass-toolbar-additional { margin-inline: -2px !important; }
      #unified-extensions-button { order: 1 !important; }

  40. Anonymous said on September 23, 2023 at 7:53 pm
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    Well, Mozilla and Firefox are saved because of this and many other changes / ‘news’ in the past days!

  41. Anonymous said on September 23, 2023 at 9:25 pm
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    A while ago they separated the “Firefox” brand from the “Firefox Browser” brand, now they are abandoning the Firefox brand? Or are they abandoning the Firefox Browser brand? I don’t know.

  42. Anonymous said on September 24, 2023 at 4:03 pm
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    While that small change would make sense as standalone, it’s unfortunately done in a context where Google (and thus Mozilla) wants to get rid of the URL ultimately and just display search engine data on that bar, going on with that trend of the browser only being a search engine carrier.

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