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i am using private browsing mode but firefox still keeps download history

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whenever i download something it stays in the download window til i clear it, firefox is set to not remember it

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Note that current Firefox version also maintain a Downloads folder in the Bookmarks and History Manager (Library)

  • History > Show All History
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The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions, Open websites, and some Preferences.

To Reset Firefox do the following:

  1. Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
  3. Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
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I used the reset twice didn't fix that problem

jddockery 2 solutions 18 answers

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you can check these settings in "about:config" (typed into the url address text box)

browser.download.manager.retention | user set | integer | 0

if it doesn't exist, create it and restart firefox clearing all cache prior.

upon further review, you will have to disable the new user interface.

browser.download.useToolkitUI | user set | boolean | false

you could also change:

browser.download.panel.removeFinishedDownloads | user set |boolean | false

,but this is redundant as nothing is stored.

reference: http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config_entries

Modified by jddockery

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that worked , thank you very much

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Note that current Firefox version also maintain a Downloads folder in the Bookmarks and History Manager (Library)

  • History > Show All History