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Switching back to normal firefox colors without altering my theme

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As the title suggests, I just want firefox to be nice to use again. Since its latest update it is far from nice. Too much stuff is set to darkmode, even though I have googled like crazy and fiddled with most, if not all, about:config options to try and restore it.

I will do whatever it takes, but my firefox theme (abstract firefox) must remain intact. Surely there is something I can do in the userChrome.css or whatever it's called.

It is just so very tiring having to fix mistakes made by firefox, that keeps changing stuff for the worse. Changes that nobody ever asked for. I am giving the browser one more chance for old times sake, since I have been using it for 20 years or thereabouts. So please, firefox... stop trying to force your users into using stuff that your staff team or whatever likes to use. Think of your users.

And please help me out.

Thank you.

As the title suggests, I just want firefox to be nice to use again. Since its latest update it is far from nice. Too much stuff is set to darkmode, even though I have googled like crazy and fiddled with most, if not all, about:config options to try and restore it. I will do whatever it takes, but my firefox theme (abstract firefox) must remain intact. Surely there is something I can do in the userChrome.css or whatever it's called. It is just so very tiring having to fix mistakes made by firefox, that keeps changing stuff for the worse. Changes that nobody ever asked for. I am giving the browser one more chance for old times sake, since I have been using it for 20 years or thereabouts. So please, firefox... '''stop''' trying to force your users into using stuff that your staff team or whatever likes to use. '''Think of your users.''' And please help me out. Thank you.

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You may have to change themes. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1363994

Otherwise, a change in about:config may suffice.

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TNorth said

You may have to change themes. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1363994 Otherwise, a change in about:config may suffice.

Like I said, I will not change my theme.

And I also said I spent a fair amount of time googling for about:config changes, which, when altered, did not do anything useful.

Basically I wish to restore the appearance of the old firefox while avoiding downpatching, if possible.

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Try this code in userChrome.css:

:host, :root {
color-scheme: light light !important;
}

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cor-el said

Try this code in userChrome.css:
:host, :root {
color-scheme: light light !important;
}

This helps a little bit, thank you -- but it still wants to switch back and forth between light and dark mode when displaying a blank page during loading, and the little bar that appears at the bottom left when loading a website (or holding your cursor over a bookmark) is still dark as well. Can this be fixed as well please?

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fopibab368 said

... the little bar that appears at the bottom left when loading a website (or holding your cursor over a bookmark) is still dark as well. Can this be fixed as well please?

Edit colors as desired:

/* Directly set colors for mouseover status panel */
#statuspanel-label {
    color: #000 !important;
    background-color: #eee !important;
    border-color: #eee !important;
}
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jscher2000 said

fopibab368 said

... the little bar that appears at the bottom left when loading a website (or holding your cursor over a bookmark) is still dark as well. Can this be fixed as well please?

Edit colors as desired:

/* Directly set colors for mouseover status panel */
#statuspanel-label {
    color: #000 !important;
    background-color: #eee !important;
    border-color: #eee !important;
}

Thank you, this solved it. Is there a specific one for the blank page when you have an empty tab open? It switches between dark and light mode when loading pages and it's getting a bit annoying...

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fopibab368 said

Is there a specific one for the blank page when you have an empty tab open? It switches between dark and light mode when loading pages and it's getting a bit annoying...

At this point, I don't know of one. You also could check on https://www.reddit.com/r/FirefoxCSS/

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I do not have a reddit account, nor do I have any interest in making one. So I guess I will have to live with the crappy darkmode when loading pages. :(

Thanks for your help, regardless.

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Well... the bookmark window is also in darkmode now, for some reason. How do I make it stop? Heh...

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You can fix this by selecting a theme that has dark text on the tabs instead of light text.

You can change this pref on the about:config page from 3 to 2 to revert to the Firefox 94 behavior regarding to prefer dark or light background for webpages.

  • layout.css.prefers-color-scheme.content-override [dark:0, light:1, system:2, browser:3]

You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click "I accept the risk!" to continue.

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cor-el said

You can fix this by selecting a theme that has dark text on the tabs instead of light text. You can change this pref on the about:config page from 3 to 2 to revert to the Firefox 94 behavior regarding to prefer dark or light background for webpages.
  • layout.css.prefers-color-scheme.content-override [dark:0, light:1, system:2, browser:3]
You can open the about:config page via the location/address bar. You can accept the warning and click "I accept the risk!" to continue.

Didn't work, unfortunately. And like I said in my original post, I don't want to replace my theme with one of Firefox's new crappy ones. Anything I can do in the userChrome.css file?

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This is all a bunch of crap! Users should not have to do handstands and Mozilla/Firefox should not impose their preferences or interpret things that users DO NOT WANT!!!! Firefox/Mozilla should make it possible for users to determine what they prefer and one of those things should not be a forced change of theme in order to get back to where they can read their screens!!!!!

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G Markvorsen said

This is all a bunch of crap! Users should not have to do handstands and Mozilla/Firefox should not impose their preferences or interpret things that users DO NOT WANT!!!! Firefox/Mozilla should make it possible for users to determine what they prefer and one of those things should not be a forced change of theme in order to get back to where they can read their screens!!!!!

Couldn't have said it better myself.

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Under the covers, Firefox checks your toolbar theme colors and sets the following preferences which seem to be the connection between your theme and the rest of the browser:

  • browser.theme.content-theme
  • browser.theme.toolbar-theme

If you watch the values as you switch among themes, other than "System", you'll see:

  • 0 => dark
  • 1 => light

The problem with manually changing those preferences is that every time you open a new window, Firefox updates them to match your toolbar theme. So there needs to be something new that users can set, preferably easily.

There is a proposal on file (possibly more than one) to add a control on the Settings page. However, UI changes take a while so I don't expect it by Firefox 97. For the near term, for the parts of the browser not covered by layout.css.prefers-color-scheme.content-override, you'll need to change your toolbar theme or use some other kind of workaround.

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I don't even dare downloading the latest update for Firefox now. I fear they will eff me up even more.