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If I leave a Tab to look up something, and return to the tab, Firefox reloads the entire page

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I have used Firefox for 10 or 20 years and have not encountered this before.

New computer running Windows 11 Home. New Firefox install. If I am writing a message in any forum or social media site, and I need to look-up some info or the name of a place or product and I use another tab to do that, when I return to the original tab, Firefox reloads the entire page again instead of just returning me to the post that was being written without reloading the entire page. It can be a severe waste of time trying to find the post I was in the middle of once the entire tab reloads when the site is a busy place with lots of new and updated posts.

I've been through Firefox settings but did not see anything that seemed to be related to this issue, but perhaps the wording/description of the needed setting wasn't clear.

I have used Firefox for 10 or 20 years and have not encountered this before. New computer running Windows 11 Home. New Firefox install. If I am writing a message in any forum or social media site, and I need to look-up some info or the name of a place or product and I use another tab to do that, when I return to the original tab, Firefox reloads the entire page again instead of just returning me to the post that was being written without reloading the entire page. It can be a severe waste of time trying to find the post I was in the middle of once the entire tab reloads when the site is a busy place with lots of new and updated posts. I've been through Firefox settings but did not see anything that seemed to be related to this issue, but perhaps the wording/description of the needed setting wasn't clear.

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You can open the link in a new tab (use a middle-click or hold Ctrl and left-click) instead of opening the link the current tab, then you can close this tab to return to the page where you clicked the link.

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I am ALWAYS using a "new" tab to look for the information I need to finish the post started in the previous tab. I have never had Firefox reload the entire tab prior to this installation on Win11. For example: in Facebook and composing a new post... need some info from Google... open a new tab, find the info, click the original Facebook tab and the whole Facebook page reloads instead of simply showing me the message I was working-on.

Modified by dougbbn

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There might be a script running on the Facebook page that refreshes the page at regular intervals. It is also possible that Firefox unloads a tab because of memory constraints.

Firefox will detect if your computer's memory is running low, which is defined as lower than 400MB, and suspend unused tabs that you haven't used or looked at in a while.

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I don't think that's possible with this config. 16 GB of RAM in this computer. And I do NOTHING that needs nearly that much RAM. If Windows 11 and Facebook need more than 4 GB of RAM something is VERY wrong. The previous computer I was using had just 8 GB of RAM and it NEVER reloaded the tab when I returned from "research" -- it was Win10 though. And this isn't Facebook-only. It affects other sites I use as well... car forums, home theater forums, etc.

Modified by dougbbn

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Start Firefox in Troubleshoot Mode to check if one of the extensions ("3-bar" menu button or Tools -> Add-ons -> Extensions) or if hardware acceleration or if userChrome.css/userContent.css is causing the problem.

  • switch to the Default System theme: "3-bar" menu button or Tools -> Add-ons -> Themes
  • do NOT click the "Refresh Firefox" button on the Troubleshoot Mode start window

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