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How can I turn off the new "tabs on top" layout of the new Firefox?

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Dear Mozilla,

Te be honest I was very comfortable with the old Firefox layout and really don't like the new 'Tabs on Top' layout. It's one of the main reasons I hate Chrome.

Is there any way I can turn it off? I haven't been able to find it.

If not, can you direct me to a download page for the previous version of Firefox.

Thanks and bets regards,


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I can't help but agree with you, Chris. Computer interfaces are usually analogues for the physical world and it seems that most of the just-newly-adult population has forgotten what GUI cues are meant to be - your mention of tabs' appearing on top is a case in point.

Has the just-newly-adult population forgotten manila folders? You know - those light-cardboard folders that you put pad paper and documents inside; ones that you slip into a filing cabinet, long-edge down, with TABS showing along the now top edge, so that you can read what they contain. Indeed, have you looked, people, Mozillians, at the symbol universally used for File/Windows Explorer? A manila folder!

The edges of manila folders are the tabs that ....wait for it, signify what they contain or represent. Simple. Similarly the just-newly-adult population may have forgotten tabbed diaries. 'Calendar books' with tabs down the opening side that let you select a page somewhere in the diary with information in it described by words or symbols on its tab. Simple! Tabs should be attached, indeed, be part of, with NO separation from, the pages to which they belong, IMVHO.

Simplify the interface, Mozilla, designed according to good real-world principles. PhredE - 11th May, 2014