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How do I separate the downloads dialog and bookmarks from the Library box so that I can see each separately and at the same time like Firefox used to allow?

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After the last update, Firefox placed the download dialog and bookmarks into the same dialog box, thereby prevent one from seeing both at the same time. I cannot find any option to separate the two. It is severely cramping my work flow. Can you tell me how I can once again see my download progress in one window and my bookmarks in another?

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You can display the new Downloads Manager in a tab by opening the about:downloads page and you can consider to open this page in a separate window.

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philipp
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hello caribgoodies, you can press ctrl+b in order to show your bookmarks in a sidebar...

cor-el
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Chosen Solution

You can display the new Downloads Manager in a tab by opening the about:downloads page and you can consider to open this page in a separate window.

Otter 0 solutions 2 answers

If you prefer the old downloads window enter about:config in the URL bar, then search for browser.download.useToolkitUI and double click to toggle the value to "true".

James
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The browser.download.useToolkitUI preference will no longer work in future for Firefox 26.0 and newer though.