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Firefox 96.0 - "Forced" dark mode
I have been a "light theme" user for 15+ years. Since updating to 96.0 today, a dark mode spreading across Firefox has been forced onto me, including:
- New tab background
- Background of any tab waiting to load a page
- Google/Youtube background
- Settings/add-ons/password menu backgrounds
- Automatic username/password drop-down background
- Background of the little box that appears on the bottom-left (the one which shows the URL when you mouse over a link)
I am unhappy with this and wish to have my usual theme back. Can anyone please assist?
(In addition, there is some sort of white border around the current tab, which I do not like)
Modified by hevinroyal
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Version 98.0.1 still bugged
Version 98.0.2 still bugged
With every passing Firefox version, I feel more and more disrespected. I would rather someone tell me "no, we are not working on it, move on", rather than keeping hope with every subsequent version. Can this be made possible, please?
Could you remind me exactly what you are waiting for?
Currently, the browser's overall color scheme is coupled to the colors in your toolbar theme. Every time you open a new Firefox window, Firefox adjusts the color scheme to match the toolbar theme. More specifically, if you have lighter text on a darker background in your toolbar theme, your menus, sidebar, and internal pages follow. And if you have darker text on a lighter background in your toolbar theme, your menus, sidebar, and internal pages follow.
Currently, there is a preference that can partially override this coupling: it allows you to set the color scheme of internal pages and how Firefox responds to website queries about your dark theme preference. There is a bug on file to make that easier to access, but at least for now, you need to use about:config to modify that. I don't know when that might get added to the user interface, but you do not need to wait if you are comfortable using the steps I mentioned in the first reply in this thread.
Please refer to my post dated 09 Mar 2022:
I am therefore not willing to accept any compromise except for this bug to be solved. I need to be able to use the theme of my liking while being able to select a non-dark environment.
As a customer, I don't care what the mechanic is (light text, dark background and what-not). I need to be able to select the theme of my liking, paired with the environment (dark/light) of my liking. This needs to be delivered in a simple, easily-accessible, consistent-across-Firefox way, just like it has always been, without having to be forced to have recourse to some obscure script or setting deep within about:config.
I will not accept being told that this is asking for too much.
Please refer to my post dated 09 Mar 2022: As a customer, I don't care what the mechanic is (light text, dark background and what-not). I need to be able to select the theme of my liking, paired with the environment (dark/light) of my liking. This needs to be delivered in a simple, easily-accessible, consistent-across-Firefox way, just like it has always been, without having to be forced to have recourse to some obscure script or setting deep within about:config.
1. You are not customer. 2. In version 100 you'll be able to configure it in Settings.
Version 99.0 Bingo! We have a winner lol. No flash with new tab. Hope it's fixed permanently and for everyone.
Modified by S.B.T.L.
"You are not customer"
Feel free to call it however you wish to, customer/user/consumer/whatever-you-choose-to-term-it, it does not matter to me.
Bottom line: I am a customer and I, along with a number of other customers, have voiced out a genuine concern.
Definition of customer 1 : one that purchases a commodity or service
The Firefox web browsers for desktop (Windows, macOS, Linux) and mobile versions for iOS and Android (as Fennec) are Free to install and use. You can even build Firefox from source yourself for desktop and Android.
Congratulations for v100.0 and thanks for the "preferred color schemes" fix.
However, most of the concerns I raised earlier have not been addressed. Even though I have set "Web site appearance" as Light, the following are still dark:
- Background of main drop-down menu (Containing "Sync and save data", "New tab", "Print", "Settings", etc)
- Background of right-click menu (Containing the refresh icon, "Save page as", "View page source", etc)
- Background of "Please enter primary password" menu
- Background of auto-filled user name and password menus
- Background of elements in a bookmark folder
- Background of Downloads menu
- Background of Print menu
- Background of "Clear all history" menu
- Background of "Find on this page" menu
- Background of "You are about to close X tabs" warning menu
- Colour of title bar for "About Mozilla Firefox" window, when the window is not currently active
Being able to set "browser.theme.toolbar-theme" permanently as 2 would fix all of the above, but once again, users are prevented from doing so. Why?
Modified by hevinroyal
Maybe file a bug report to check how the devs think about these cases.
If you want to leave feedback for developers, you can go to the Firefox Help menu and select either Share ideas and feedback… or Submit feedback…, depending on your Firefox version. Alternatively, you can use this link. Your feedback gets collected by a team of people who read it and gather data about the most common issues.
You can also file a bug report or feature request. See File a bug report or feature request for Mozilla products for details.