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How can I start Private Browsing when I do not have a "Firefox button" to click?

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"Open a new, blank Private Window

   At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button and select New Private Window. A new Private Window will open.

"

That is what it says! But where is this Firefox button at the top of my Firefox (v 20.0.1) window? What I have at the top of the window is:

(1) A blue-background bar with the Firefox icon and the title of the current page

(2) 2 grey-background bars with menus (e.g. File, Edit, ...) and buttons

(3) 1 grey-background bar with the Bookmark Toolbar

(4) The Tab bar

                                 But no Firefox button, and none available in the customise dialog. Have I suppressed it somehow?

Modified by Hershmab

Chosen solution

hello, the private browsing window is accessible through the file menu that you've referenced too - or you can use the keyboard shortcut ctrl+shift+p.

if you want to get the default userinterface with the firefox button though, go to view > toolbars & disable the menu bar...

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Tyler Downer
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You can do one of two things:

  • Turn on the Firefox button (Click View, then Toolbars, then Uncheck "Menu Bar:)
  • Or click Edit, then New Private Browsing Window
philipp
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Chosen Solution

hello, the private browsing window is accessible through the file menu that you've referenced too - or you can use the keyboard shortcut ctrl+shift+p.

if you want to get the default userinterface with the firefox button though, go to view > toolbars & disable the menu bar...

Question owner

Mea culpa - I had forgotten what I did when v20.0 first arrived!