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"Restore previous session" setting being ignored

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In my preferences I have "Restore previous session" checkbox checked and "Warn you when quitting the browser" unchecked. However I get a warning when I quit the browser with multiple tabs open, and my old tabs don't reopen when reopening Firefox.

I think this has started happening since updating to Catalina. Any ideas what might be going wrong?

In my preferences I have "Restore previous session" checkbox checked and "Warn you when quitting the browser" unchecked. However I get a warning when I quit the browser with multiple tabs open, and my old tabs don't reopen when reopening Firefox. I think this has started happening since updating to Catalina. Any ideas what might be going wrong?

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Make sure you do not close open windows, but close the Firefox application (Firefox -> Quit) while all window(s) are still open because otherwise session restore won't work properly.

In case you use "Clear history when Firefox closes".

  • do not clear the Browsing History
  • clearing "Site Preferences" clears exceptions for cookies, images, pop-up windows, and software installation and exception for password and other website specific data
  • clearing "Cookies" will remove all selected cookies including cookies with an allow exception you may want to keep
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Make sure you do not close open windows, but close the Firefox application (Firefox -> Quit) while all window(s) are still open because otherwise session restore won't work properly.

In case you use "Clear history when Firefox closes".

  • do not clear the Browsing History
  • clearing "Site Preferences" clears exceptions for cookies, images, pop-up windows, and software installation and exception for password and other website specific data
  • clearing "Cookies" will remove all selected cookies including cookies with an allow exception you may want to keep
Make sure you do not close open windows, but close the Firefox application (Firefox -> Quit) while all window(s) are still open because otherwise session restore won't work properly. In case you use "Clear history when Firefox closes". *do not clear the Browsing History *Options/Preferences -> Privacy & Security<br>Firefox will: "Use custom settings for history":<br>[X] "Clear history when Firefox closes" -> Settings *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-browsing-search-download-history-firefox *clearing "Site Preferences" clears exceptions for cookies, images, pop-up windows, and software installation and exception for password and other website specific data *clearing "Cookies" will remove all selected cookies including cookies with an allow exception you may want to keep
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Thanks cor-el, you're right, clicking the close button means that the session won't be restored. Cmd-Q is needed to allow the session to restore.

Thanks cor-el, you're right, clicking the close button means that the session won't be restored. Cmd-Q is needed to allow the session to restore.
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