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reverting to a previous version

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to keep things short im trying o find a way to revert to before the most recent update (89.0), the new layout and organization changes are more or less causing no end of issues for me both in function and causing my anxiety issues to spike from everything being unfamiliar and i need to find a way to revert.

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We appreciate your feedback on the recently redesigned Firefox browser.

We set out in 2021 to reimagine Firefox's design to be fast, modern and inviting. With the latest 89 release, we’re bringing you a modern new look designed to streamline and calm things down so you have a fresh new web experience every time you use Firefox.

Is there anything in particular that you would like to see improved or fixed?

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Hi rook999, old versions of Firefox are always available, but not recommended. There's more info in this article: Install an older version of Firefox.

It would be helpful to know more about your individual pain points with "layout and organization" in order to know whether we can suggest a workaround.

I will mention that there is a temporary preference in Firefox 89 to revert most of the tab bar and address bar changes. However, since this was retained just for testing, it might be glitchy.

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk.

(2) In the search box in the page, type or paste browser.proton.enabled and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the preference to switch between true (new UI) and false (old UI)

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My roommate and I don't have one good thing to say about the new version plus both of us are now having problems with pages taking longer to load and things just generally not working as well as they used to. We talked to some neighbours, a couple of friends in the States and England and they're having the same problems so we know it's not on our end. Whatever happened to "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?

It's the same when changes are made for mobile device users. Do you not know there are millions of people who don't have mobile devices and you've just cut them off?

We've all decided to leave Firefox.

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Hi Seburo, to answer your question from my perspective: I don't find the new tab layout calmer, as it makes it all a bit of a wall of white. The floating tabs I find quite difficult to navigate as the division between tabs is invisible until you hover over it. Also putting rounded edges on boxes that are still square edged (i.e. in a grid) doesn't look right to me. I really appreciate what all the Mozilla devs are doing so don't want to rain on the parade, but as soon as the update installed and I saw the design I thought "Nooooo! Go back go back!". I am trying out jscher2000's workaround, but I really hope you'll go back to the previous design.

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Seburo, you say, "With the latest 89 release, we’re bringing you a modern new look designed to streamline and calm things down so you have a fresh new web experience every time you use Firefox".

But the tabs of v89 are not any more "modern" (which is a vague target outcome anyway). And they're certainly not more streamlined than the previous version because they're harder to navigate mentally.

I really regret upgrading to 89 because of those damned tabs. Some of us navigate very frequently between tabs, and the removal of visual cues (i.e., tab boundaries) reminds me of when your reading glasses get steamed up: NOT HELPFUL!

Finally, who wants "a fresh new web experience every time you use Firefox"?? Every time??? NO!!!! A fresh experience = a new learning curve to climb up!

I thought good software development involved trying to stabilise (minimize, as far as possible, changes to) the [user] interface while improving the internals?