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How do I turn off tabs in firefox quantum?

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I was very upset on updating to firefox quantum to see that I could not disable tabbed browsing. How can you do this in the new firefox? To anticipate responses: For all those who are as arrogant as the google chrome developers and say that opposition to tabs is legacy behaviour they do not want to support, I can only express my disgust. The tab bar takes up valuable screen real estate. If you have a visual impairment and need magnified text, losing the pixels really hurts easy browsing.

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I have not tried it, but the No Tabs add-on appears to do part of what you want, it forces Firefox to use windows instead of tabs.

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/no-tabs/

The other part is hiding the tab bar. I believe that currently it is not possible though Mozilla are working on a way to allow extensions to hide the tab bar. (I'm sure somebody will correct me if I am wrong about that)

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In case the add-on does not hide tabs: you can add a css rule in a <profile folder>/Profiles/chrome/userChrome.css file (source and instructions: here.) @namespace url(http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul);

#TabsToolbar { visibility: collapse !important; } This at least hides the tab strip (tested), other references such as menu options and setting will be left unchanged.

For what it’s worth: I doubt if disabling the tab strip and all of its related features could be switched off in pre-57 versions.

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