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Please quit removing options from Firefox!


I found out the reason I could not find JavaScript settings is because they have been removed from Options. Please quit removing settings from the options dialog. We need these options, we expect these options, and we use these options.

Don't tell us that the settings are still available, just install this add-on or edit your configuration! You know that the Options dialog provides a safe way to fine tune Firefox to suit a users needs or tastes. A few versions back, the powers that be changed the pop-up windows settings as well. This meant that I was still getting pop-up windows no matter how things were set. Since the default settings allowed removal of toolbars and made pop-ups follow the automatic setting (whatever that means), pop-ups are almost always diverted to a new window.

What is the point of having a tabbed browser if new windows are opened. I can't even move a pop-up back to the main window any more because the tab bar is often disabled. Yes, one can copy and paste the URL to a new tab, but sometimes the scripting breaks because it's not the originally defined window. This was not a problem when I could drag the tab into the main window.

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TheOldFox 110 solutions 619 answers

Some settings were removed due to a breakage of Firefox when used by uninformed/unaware users. See - http://limi.net/checkboxes-that-kill/

The only cure at this time are indeed add-ons. See the following add-ons to easily add-back those on/off switches removed in Firefox 23:

The removal of items in the past are not likely to return.

Modified by TheOldFox

TheOldFox 110 solutions 619 answers

One further note.

You can send a very short comment to the developers by using the following on the Firefox menu - Help > Submit Feedback

You will NOT receive a response to your feedback comment.

Modified by TheOldFox

Nathan Suchy 3 solutions 24 answers

Hello. I'm Nathan of the Mozilla Firefox Community Support Team. The Firefox Developers remove options that don't benefit the end user of Mozilla Firefox. As much as I'd like to say I'll tell the developers to add those options back I can't do that. If you need to do certain features that are not built in then please use an add on. I recommend No Script as it'll allow you to add certain JavaScript back little by little. I don't however recommend disabling JavaScript for security as modern web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox keep JavaScript maintained and secure. When we do find out of a security hole it's our number one priority to fix it. I understand though if you disable JavaScript to keep pages loads faster. We're sorry about your other issue though and we ask you make another support post for that issue with the Windows and Tabs. Let me know if you need anything else :-)

  • Top 10 Contributor
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The Toolbox Options panel in the developer tools lets you disable/enable JavaScript temporarily.

Helpful Reply

First, let me say that I appreciate the comments.

Second, the Setting Sanity add-on does return some settings to the Preferences panel. Take not that Quick Java does not; instead it adds it's own preferences settings through it's add-on preferences.

Hopefully, more add-on authors will work on add-ons that return preferences, and perhaps add more, to the Preferences panel. If I had more time and a greater understanding of creating add-ons and those that can safely be exposed outside of the about:config interface, I would create those myself.

I won't mark this as solved because I feel that it is not. I hope that more people can add helpful comments until this question is eventually closed to comments.

  • Top 25 Contributor
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Hello see also the Bug 851698 - (checkboxes-that-kill) Get rid of options that kill our product

and 2 more add-ons :



thank you