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How do I turn off the tab bar in FF 24 when only one window is open?

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I have just updated to FF 24.0 from FF 20 with Tab Mix Plus already installed. (OSX 10.6.8) From the Firefox Preferences menu, Tabs box, I have set the "Hide the tab bar:" option to "When I have only one tab." I have also gone to the Tab Mix Plus option box and set the drop down to the same value. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the desired effect. Firefox opens to my home page with a tab at the bottom. (I prefer the tabs at the bottom and that setting still works.) With only one page open, that tab is completely unnecessary, takes up space, and just plain bugs me.

Now, here's what I have found. Once I've started Firefox, if I go to the Tab Mix Plus options box and select "Hide the tab bar: Always" and then set the option back to "When I have only one tab" I can enjoy one page without the tab bar, that is, until I've opened several tabs and then closed all but one. Then I see the tab bar stubbornly remain. An incompatibility between FF and Tab Mix Plus, perhaps. Is FF 24 not letting Tab Mix see the number of open tabs? Dunno. But I can't seem to solve it.

Chosen solution

Well, never mind, I have found yet another addon to solve this problem. It is called, acurately enough, Hide Tab Bar with One Tab 1.1 - I recommend it. Unlike Firefox, it works as expected.

My advice to Firefox developers is to let users set everything. Most won't bother and will be happy with the default settings but those of us who have STRONG preferences, and there are many of us, are going to continue to be very frustrated with these arbitrary new limits on options.

Solved it myself, with the help of whoever wrote the extension. Many thanks to them.

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the-edmeister
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Please see TabMix Plus support for help with that.
http://tmp.garyr.net/forum/

Question owner

Are you saying that the problem lies not with Firefox but with Tab Mix Plus? Tab Mix worked up through FF 20 to my knowlege. And I see from other questions that the persistant tab bar was an issue with FF 23 as well.

Please note, that setting aside the extension issue, the Firefox preference Tab option should turn off the tab option when there is only one window open without any help from addons or extensions. I have disabled Tab Mix Plus, and set the FF option correctly, but the problem remains. As I see it, FF is not working as this user expects it to and is (slightly) broken.

Modified by evcs

the-edmeister
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Firefox 22 had a new feature to always show the Tab Bar. That TMP option for "When I have only one tab" is what you'll need to use to override the elimination of the similar option which was removed from Firefox.

Question owner

What? This make no sense at all. How can you say the option was removed when I am looking right at it. The option can be found at Firefox/Preferences/Tabs. It's there, it just doesn't WORK!!

Chosen Solution

Well, never mind, I have found yet another addon to solve this problem. It is called, acurately enough, Hide Tab Bar with One Tab 1.1 - I recommend it. Unlike Firefox, it works as expected.

My advice to Firefox developers is to let users set everything. Most won't bother and will be happy with the default settings but those of us who have STRONG preferences, and there are many of us, are going to continue to be very frustrated with these arbitrary new limits on options.

Solved it myself, with the help of whoever wrote the extension. Many thanks to them.

Modified by evcs