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What are the hotkeys in about:preferences#privacy for?

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In about:preferences#privacy page, we can see underlined letters (e.g. _A_ccept cookies) that are normally used as hotkeys. However, they don't seem to work -- alone or with Alt, etc. And logically so, since they don't belong to some menu or form. So, what are they for?

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This page is a web page, so you need to additionally hold down the Shift key (Alt+Shift+A) to select an item. Press the Space bar to toggle the selected item.

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This page is a web page, so you need to additionally hold down the Shift key (Alt+Shift+A) to select an item. Press the Space bar to toggle the selected item.

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Thank you for your so fast reply. I have tried Ctrl+Shift+A, etc. but not Altl+Shift+A! BTW, I just saw that by further pressing TAB and then the down arrow, one can even continue to change the default option "Always" to "Just visited". Great programming!

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Well, it only lasted a few days for me ... because I updated Firefox! Mozilla managed to remove this keyboard shortcut in v56.0!! I hate this. Things like these are what make me reluctant everytime to update Firefox (and other S/W)!

So, the question of this thread got "alive" again!

In about:preferences#privacy page, we can see underlined letters (e.g. _A_ccept cookies) that are normally used as hotkeys. However, they don't seem to work -- alone or with Alt, etc. And logically so, since they don't belong to some menu or form. So, what are they for?

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You can set this pref to true on the about:config page in Firefox 56 to revert to the previous appearance of the Options/Preferences page.

  • browser.preferences.useOldOrganization = true

You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click "I accept the risk!" to continue.

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Fast reply! Thank you. OK, it works. But then I miss the "new organization". Which, BTW I don't know what does it consist of. I visited https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/56.0/releasenotes/ but there's no mention. I wonder why. How can one know what has changed? And, I would have never find out about 'browser.preferences.useOldOrganization' if you had not mentioned it!

BTW, the question is still alive! :) How do the hotkeys (underlined letters) work in the "new organization" ?

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I've noticed a lot of issues with the access keys not working properly if I check this in Firefox 57 and 58. Some hotkeys toggle a checkbox and some others don't. The selected setting doesn't always run into view. So I think that there is still a lot to be done to finish this new design completely.

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OK. Thanks.

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In each FF version this subject gets worse! In FF 57, hotkeys don't work in about:preferences, whether browser.preferences.useOldOrganization is set to true or false!! Mozilla must definitely hate hotkeys!