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Title bar and tab colour

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In most standard Windows applications, the title bar and tab colour follows the default Windows settings, e.g. (in my case) the title bar and tab colour of active application windows is blue. This is true even in Thunderbird. Since FF 89, title bar and tabs are something between white and light gray, which is extremely user-un-friendly. FF developer team should return to the previous colour scheme. Yes, I know the circumstances of free software but this is NO excuse to alienate millions of users. Developers that change fully functionable software just, well, just to CHANGE it should consider that they are doing WRONG. Could anyone tell them? I am just user, not developer and I am not willing to learn developer tools like BugZilla just for this simple guiding principle.

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Today I found the solution while searching for something different. Have a look at https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1337980

(1) about:config (2) in the search box, type: proton (3) set all "proton" settings to false.

Now the height of menu items adapts to the Windows default and the title bar is blue again. Problem solved.

Still I cannot understand why developers change the default design, instead of leaving the default design as is, and offering the users an option to switch to a new design, may i be proton or whatever. Insane. In my private opinion they have completely lost the focus on their users (think also of the odd gray folder icons in Thunderbird ...) - sooner or later users will react by searching for alternatives. But, of course, this is off topic here.

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Nice try, but I don't want to have to install an AddOn to get a DEFAULT behaviour. As the name tells, I expect AddOns to ADD functionality or to MODIFY the default. Thanks, however.

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Cannot switch proton to "false" any longer. (FF 92)

All tabs are shown in something between white and light gray now. The colour is the same whether the tab is active or not. Only difference between active and inactive tabs is a small border around the tab, which is nearly invisible.

I am getting more and more confused, not to say angry. I do NOT understand why developers are doing this. I do NOT have any respect for this kind of decision. Is there ANY developer in the Mozilla team having ANY means of usability? ANYONE paying attention to the fact that most of their users have less computer skills than they have, i.e. users do NOT want to hack with AddOns or CSS workarounds or anything else that requires IT know-how? I JUST want a browser that is useable. FF 89, 90, 91, 92 are all ... (censored) ... unusable. Please please please tell them!

Postscriptum. Same BS with Opera, all tab colours equal. What the hell is happening out there in the IT developers world? All of them gone crazy?

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Same complaint here. Used the Proton false workaround last time Firefox updated and it returned the appearance to how it was before. Now, after an automated update to 92, it no longer changes the colours and leaves all tabs the same colour but with a thin line around the active one. How do I get it back to how it should be and not how some spotty developer decides it should be?

While I don't have a problem with updates that improve functionality, operation or security, but why should they also change the appearance? People get used to what they know and use and don't expect somebody else to impose their view of how it should look on them.

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