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How do I revert to Firefox 56?

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Firefox has just updated itself to this horrible new version.

56 I had everything the way I liked it now it looks terrible and I've lost everything I had customised about 56. I hate having the tabs at the top of the screen isn't it possible to have them directly above the webpages and below the web address? What about the File/edit/etc menu how do I get that back? What about the custom toolbars I had like bookmarks and the one at the bottom of the screen for all the extensions I had?

I think I will just quit and use Chrome. Being able to customise Firefox was its selling point for me.

Firefox has just updated itself to this horrible new version. 56 I had everything the way I liked it now it looks terrible and I've lost everything I had customised about 56. I hate having the tabs at the top of the screen isn't it possible to have them directly above the webpages and below the web address? What about the File/edit/etc menu how do I get that back? What about the custom toolbars I had like bookmarks and the one at the bottom of the screen for all the extensions I had? I think I will just quit and use Chrome. Being able to customise Firefox was its selling point for me.
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FredMcD
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First, Type about:preferences#advanced<enter> in the address bar. Under Advanced, Select Update.

[v56+] Type about:preferences#general<enter> in the address bar. Select Update.

Select Never Check For Updates.

Also turn off Use a background service to install updates <Windows Only>


Install Older Version Of Firefox {web link} Be sure to read everything here.

If you still want to downgrade, look under; I still want to downgrade. Click the Directory of other versions and languages link. Look for the directory of the version that you want. But, remember that old versions may have security issues.

You should also check out Firefox; Extended Support Release {web link} ESR Notes System Requirements

First, Type '''about:preferences#advanced'''<enter> in the address bar. Under '''Advanced, ''' Select '''Update. ''' [v56+] Type '''about:preferences#general'''<enter> in the address bar. Select '''Update. ''' Select '''Never Check For Updates.''' Also turn off '''Use a background service to install updates''' <Windows Only> --------------- [https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/install-older-version-of-firefox?cache=no Install Older Version Of Firefox] {web link} Be sure to read everything here. If you still want to downgrade, look under; '''I still want to downgrade. ''' Click the '''Directory of other versions and languages''' link. Look for the directory of the version that you want. But, remember that '''old versions may have security issues. ''' You should also check out [https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/ Firefox; Extended Support Release] {web link} [https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/notes/ ESR Notes] [https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/system-requirements/ System Requirements]
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If I decide to keep the new version, are there any extensions that will allow me to move the tab titles back down to directly above the webpage? And an extra toolbar below the webpage?

The newer version just feels so less customisable than before, and I thought that was meant to be one of FF's selling point to be able to customise it just how you want it

If I decide to keep the new version, are there any extensions that will allow me to move the tab titles back down to directly above the webpage? And an extra toolbar below the webpage? The newer version just feels so less customisable than before, and I thought that was meant to be one of FF's selling point to be able to customise it just how you want it
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Pkshadow 1069 solutions 14836 answers
Hi, please find : https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/customize-firefox-controls-buttons-and-toolbars Firefox can be customized in over 235 million ways, it is a matter of finding the code for userChrome : Some code still works as version 60 stopped some or broke some but I am sure dedicated Customizers have found a way to fix all the things you want. *https://www.howtogeek.com/334716/how-to-customize-firefoxs-user-interface-with-userchrome.css/ *http://techdows.com/2017/09/classic-theme-restorer-userchrome-css-modify-firefox-57-photon-ui.html *https://github.com/Aris-t2/CustomCSSforFx/issues/1 *https://www.accessfirefox.org/Theme-Font-Size-Changer.php *https://www.userchrome.org/ *https://www.accessfirefox.org/Firefox_Accessibility_Themes.php *https://www.userchrome.org/what-is-userchrome-css.html *http://kb.mozillazine.org/UserChrome.css *https://github.com/axydavid/FirefoxUI/blob/master/README.md *https://github.com/wilfredwee/photon-australis *https://www.reddit.com/r/FirefoxCSS/ *https://www.reddit.com/r/FirefoxCSS/comments/6xyyy5/request_tabs_on_the_bottom_of_the_entire_firefox/ Note not all code in one place. Please let us know if this solved your issue or if need further assistance.
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Pkshadow 1069 solutions 14836 answers

Extensions : https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/extensions/

Can put the name of the add-on you had before in here : https://alternativeto.net/ and it will give you alternatives.

Extensions : https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/extensions/ Can put the name of the add-on you had before in here : https://alternativeto.net/ and it will give you alternatives.
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jscher2000
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Hi xavier1, you're about six months behind the rest of us in making this transition. Welcome to the club!

(1) Showing the classic menu bar

This is a built-in setting. To turn different bars on and off, you can use one of these methods to show the toolbar list and select the desired bars there:

  • right-click (on Mac Ctrl+click) a blank spot on the tab bar (or the "+" button)
  • (menu bar) View > Toolbars
    On Windows, tap the Alt key to activate the menu bar temporarily.
  • in Customize mode > Toolbars button (see: Customize Firefox controls, buttons and toolbars)

To turn on the Menu Bar, Bookmarks Toolbar, or other bars, click it on the list.

(2) Moving the tab bar below the address bar / bookmarks toolbar

You can do this with custom style rules in a userChrome.css file. Wait, did I lose you already? Hang tough, it's about a 10 minute project.

(A) Create a new chrome folder in your profile folder. This article has the steps for that (#1, #2, and optionally #3)

https://www.userchrome.org/how-create-userchrome-css.html

(B) Set your OS to show file extensions

See Step #4 in the above article.

(C) Download the following file from my website and move it into that chrome folder:

https://www.userchrome.org/samples/userChrome-tabs_on_bottom.css

(D) Rename that file to just userChrome.css

The next time you quit Firefox and start it up again, it should discover that file and apply the rules to move the tab bar.

Success?

(3) Add-on bar at the bottom

There's currently no convenient way to create an add-on bar, and add-ons would not know how to use it even if you did. Are there critical things you needed visible at all times that won't fit on the regular toolbar?

Hi xavier1, you're about six months behind the rest of us in making this transition. Welcome to the club! '''(1) Showing the classic menu bar''' This is a built-in setting. To turn different bars on and off, you can use one of these methods to show the toolbar list and select the desired bars there: * right-click (on Mac Ctrl+click) a blank spot on the tab bar (or the "+" button) * (menu bar) View > Toolbars<br><em>On Windows, tap the Alt key to activate the menu bar temporarily.</em> * in Customize mode > Toolbars button (see: [[Customize Firefox controls, buttons and toolbars]]) To turn on the Menu Bar, Bookmarks Toolbar, or other bars, click it on the list. '''(2) Moving the tab bar below the address bar / bookmarks toolbar ''' You can do this with custom style rules in a userChrome.css file. Wait, did I lose you already? Hang tough, it's about a 10 minute project. (A) Create a new '''chrome''' folder in your profile folder. This article has the steps for that (#1, #2, and optionally #3) https://www.userchrome.org/how-create-userchrome-css.html (B) Set your OS to show file extensions See Step #4 in the above article. (C) Download the following file from my website and move it into that chrome folder: https://www.userchrome.org/samples/userChrome-tabs_on_bottom.css (D) Rename that file to just '''userChrome.css''' The next time you quit Firefox and start it up again, it should discover that file and apply the rules to move the tab bar. Success? '''(3) Add-on bar at the bottom''' There's currently no convenient way to create an add-on bar, and add-ons would not know how to use it even if you did. Are there critical things you needed visible at all times that won't fit on the regular toolbar?
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Question owner

The new version isn't so bad after all thanks for replies.

By add on bar I just mean a blank toolbar below the webpages content, so that when I go to customise Firefox I could drag various buttons onto it. Firefox 56 and before had one and I'm surprised this feature has been done away with.

The new version isn't so bad after all thanks for replies. By add on bar I just mean a blank toolbar below the webpages content, so that when I go to customise Firefox I could drag various buttons onto it. Firefox 56 and before had one and I'm surprised this feature has been done away with.
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Pkshadow 1069 solutions 14836 answers

Hi, no it does not it has what is called a Over Flow Menu and when too many are up there you will get this >> just before the 3Bar Menu. You would click on >> and will open down the right side.

You can turn on the Menu Bar by Customize --> Toolbars and turn on the Bookmark Toolbar and drag and drop your fav sites there and also create folders if it gets to many it will create a menu to click and will show down the right side.

Please let us know if this solved your issue or if need further assistance.

Hi, no it does not it has what is called a Over Flow Menu and when too many are up there you will get this >> just before the 3Bar Menu. You would click on >> and will open down the right side. You can turn on the Menu Bar by Customize --> Toolbars and turn on the Bookmark Toolbar and drag and drop your fav sites there and also create folders if it gets to many it will create a menu to click and will show down the right side. Please let us know if this solved your issue or if need further assistance.
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I already have the bookmark toolbar above the webpage contents, I was wanting an extra toolbar below at the bottom of the screen- just a blank one. The idea was I would keep the bookmark toolbar just for bookmarks and have the one at the bottom for icons related to extensions eg noscript etc.

My bookmark toolbar is a bit crowded but it will do.

Thanks all for responses, I do find the new FF a bit of a pain but I will give it a try to see if I get used to it.

I already have the bookmark toolbar above the webpage contents, I was wanting an extra toolbar below at the bottom of the screen- just a blank one. The idea was I would keep the bookmark toolbar just for bookmarks and have the one at the bottom for icons related to extensions eg noscript etc. My bookmark toolbar is a bit crowded but it will do. Thanks all for responses, I do find the new FF a bit of a pain but I will give it a try to see if I get used to it.
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babylon578 0 solutions 1 answers

I resisted upgrading to this version for the longest time. I finally did it today and immediately felt tricked again. Not because of any cosmetics, but because once again, you chipped away more of my control in the privacy and security section. Yes, I can still set the privacy standards to where I want them concerning history and what not. And I can erase all the saved data, including cookies, cache, history, and so forth. BUT: I CANNOT SEE THE COOKIES ANYMORE THAT WERE LEFT. And I want to see them before I erase them. And I resent that you tinker with this stuff when nobody asked you to, and then you gloat and are all smug about how wonderful and secure it all is.

You have streamlined processes over the years that makes things I want to look at more hidden, and I personally don't know anybody who is in favor of that aspect of Firefox.

I hate Chrome and distrust Google completely, but if I remember correctly (I uninstalled Chrome a long time ago), even in Chrome they tell you exactly where you can find your temporary files. Try doing that in Firefox and you better alert anyone who is waiting for you that you won't be available for several hours.

I hate you guys so much for what you have done to this great browser. Yes, I have and am trying others, but most browsers suck. Seamonkey was so annoying I had to go into the registry to completely uninstall it.

There are no good browsers out there. Firefox was the one, and instead of leaving well enough alone you keep tinkering and tinkering the damn thing into oblivion.

Idiots.

I resisted upgrading to this version for the longest time. I finally did it today and immediately felt tricked again. Not because of any cosmetics, but because once again, you chipped away more of my control in the privacy and security section. Yes, I can still set the privacy standards to where I want them concerning history and what not. And I can erase all the saved data, including cookies, cache, history, and so forth. BUT: I CANNOT SEE THE COOKIES ANYMORE THAT WERE LEFT. And I want to see them before I erase them. And I resent that you tinker with this stuff when nobody asked you to, and then you gloat and are all smug about how wonderful and secure it all is. You have streamlined processes over the years that makes things I want to look at more hidden, and I personally don't know anybody who is in favor of that aspect of Firefox. I hate Chrome and distrust Google completely, but if I remember correctly (I uninstalled Chrome a long time ago), even in Chrome they tell you exactly where you can find your temporary files. Try doing that in Firefox and you better alert anyone who is waiting for you that you won't be available for several hours. I hate you guys so much for what you have done to this great browser. Yes, I have and am trying others, but most browsers suck. Seamonkey was so annoying I had to go into the registry to completely uninstall it. There are no good browsers out there. Firefox was the one, and instead of leaving well enough alone you keep tinkering and tinkering the damn thing into oblivion. Idiots.
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jscher2000
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Hi babylon578, I don't see how your reply could assist the original poster of this question.

babylon578 said

Yes, I can still set the privacy standards to where I want them concerning history and what not. And I can erase all the saved data, including cookies, cache, history, and so forth. BUT: I CANNOT SEE THE COOKIES ANYMORE THAT WERE LEFT. And I want to see them before I erase them.

The "Manage Data" button shows you how many cookies a site has set, if it has set cookies:

That dialog does not show you the individual names, contents, and expiration dates of the cookies. If you want to see that data, you now need to look elsewhere. For example, while you are on a page, you can use the Storage Inspector to see the applicable cookies. https://developer.mozilla.org/docs/Tools/Storage_Inspector

I hate Chrome and distrust Google completely, but if I remember correctly (I uninstalled Chrome a long time ago), even in Chrome they tell you exactly where you can find your temporary files. Try doing that in Firefox and you better alert anyone who is waiting for you that you won't be available for several hours.

Firefox uses the Windows TEMP folder for temporary downloads (when you "Open" a file), and uses its cache folders for other web content such as pages and images. The cache folder location is indicated on the about:cache page.

Hi babylon578, I don't see how your reply could assist the original poster of this question. ''babylon578 [[#answer-1118807|said]]'' <blockquote> Yes, I can still set the privacy standards to where I want them concerning history and what not. And I can erase all the saved data, including cookies, cache, history, and so forth. BUT: I CANNOT SEE THE COOKIES ANYMORE THAT WERE LEFT. And I want to see them before I erase them. </blockquote> The "Manage Data" button shows you ''how many'' cookies a site has set, if it has set cookies: <img src="https://prod-cdn.sumo.mozilla.net/uploads/images/2018-06-03-15-11-56-cfb1b3.png" width="500"> That dialog does not show you the individual names, contents, and expiration dates of the cookies. If you want to see that data, you now need to look elsewhere. For example, while you are on a page, you can use the Storage Inspector to see the applicable cookies. https://developer.mozilla.org/docs/Tools/Storage_Inspector <blockquote> I hate Chrome and distrust Google completely, but if I remember correctly (I uninstalled Chrome a long time ago), even in Chrome they tell you exactly where you can find your temporary files. Try doing that in Firefox and you better alert anyone who is waiting for you that you won't be available for several hours.</blockquote> Firefox uses the Windows TEMP folder for temporary downloads (when you "Open" a file), and uses its cache folders for other web content such as pages and images. The cache folder location is indicated on the '''about:cache''' page.
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