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newest version of Firefox displays download list instead of leaving it invisible until I want to see it. How do I turn this off?

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I used to be able to download a file and continue browsing. Now, the list of downloaded files pops up from the menu bar and I have to close it every time. This is a real pain in the butt when I'm downloading dozens of files.

Does anyone know how I can turn this off?

I used to be able to download a file and continue browsing. Now, the list of downloaded files pops up from the menu bar and I have to close it every time. This is a real pain in the butt when I'm downloading dozens of files. Does anyone know how I can turn this off?

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Hi, there is a hidden setting for whether the panel opens:

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

More info on about:config: Configuration Editor for Firefox. The moderators would like us to remind you that changes made through this back door aren't fully supported and aren't guaranteed to continue working in the future.

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

(3) Double-click the preference to switch the value from true to false


General background article on the new download workflow in Firefox 98: How file downloads are handled in Firefox version 98 and above.

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Hi, there is a hidden setting for whether the panel opens:

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

More info on about:config: Configuration Editor for Firefox. The moderators would like us to remind you that changes made through this back door aren't fully supported and aren't guaranteed to continue working in the future.

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

(3) Double-click the preference to switch the value from true to false


General background article on the new download workflow in Firefox 98: How file downloads are handled in Firefox version 98 and above.

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jscher2000 said

Hi, there is a hidden setting for whether the panel opens: (1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk. More info on about:config: Configuration Editor for Firefox. The moderators would like us to remind you that changes made through this back door aren't fully supported and aren't guaranteed to continue working in the future. (2) In the search box in the page, type or paste browser.download.alwaysOpenPanel and pause while the list is filtered (3) Double-click the preference to switch the value from true to false

General background article on the new download workflow in Firefox 98: How file downloads are handled in Firefox version 98 and above.

Thank you so much!