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Does having inactive tabs, such as news articles with embedded videos playing, consume data?

In my location, my only option for internet access is a mobile hotspot with limited data. Consequently, I am always mindful of my data usage when using my laptop. Despite… (read more)

In my location, my only option for internet access is a mobile hotspot with limited data. Consequently, I am always mindful of my data usage when using my laptop. Despite primarily browsing static pages, email, and other low-data activities, I often find my data usage higher than anticipated. The main culprit comes to mind to be videos embedded in news articles. Sometimes, with multiple tabs open, I switch to an inactive tab only to find a video playing. Although I've configured my Firefox preferences not to autoplay videos, it seems that YouTube videos still override these settings.

So, my question is, when a tab is inactive, does Firefox stop all data transfer for that tab in the background? And if not, what are the solutions to stop any background data other than continually closing all tabs?


Also, any suggestions on this topic are appreciated, especially from and to users who also live in remote areas without fiber, DSL, etc.

Asked by Terra Civis 6 days ago

Last reply by cor-el 10 hours ago

Opening a link to as new tab in social media does not jump to the new tab

Starting with the most recent update, 123.0, when I ctrl-click a link in Twitter or Blue Sky, the link opens in a new tab, but Firefox does NOT jump to the tab automatica… (read more)

Starting with the most recent update, 123.0, when I ctrl-click a link in Twitter or Blue Sky, the link opens in a new tab, but Firefox does NOT jump to the tab automatically. In any other site, the browser performs as expected. My options are set correctly, and all the relevant about:config settings are set to False. Using Windows 10, 22h2.

Asked by Furhold 1 day ago

Second time I've lost all of my browser tabs - how to rescue them?

My Firefox window with 15+ tabs just crashed. I watched a YouTube video and the solution offered doesn't work. How can I restore them? And does Firefox really not have a … (read more)

My Firefox window with 15+ tabs just crashed. I watched a YouTube video and the solution offered doesn't work. How can I restore them? And does Firefox really not have a way to speak to a human being??

Just lost it.

Asked by anneusher1 1 day ago

Last reply by jonzn4SUSE 1 day ago

erratic behaviour in windows search

If i use the Windows 11 search (for "disk management windows 11"), windows opens a new empty firefox window (apart from my default homepage). I seem to have a problem wit… (read more)

If i use the Windows 11 search (for "disk management windows 11"), windows opens a new empty firefox window (apart from my default homepage). I seem to have a problem with popups and links generally.

I have adblock/adblock plus and other add-ons, but I hvae disabled those and still get the same problem.

Asked by Anthorin 1 day ago

Last reply by jscher2000 - Support Volunteer 1 day ago

Restoring tabs (supposed to work but won't)

For ages I've had my tabs automatically restored when opening Firefox. But as of the last few days it won't. The old links are saved so I can restore them one by one thro… (read more)

For ages I've had my tabs automatically restored when opening Firefox. But as of the last few days it won't. The old links are saved so I can restore them one by one through history but that's not automatic. And if I click on restoration in History it will bring up a whole bunch of old tabs not neccessarily from the last session.

I'm on the same computer as I've been for over a year, so I don't know what what the problem is. I've searched on it and tried to re-check the box for this function. But it won't apply...

Asked by Hosh Nak 1 month ago

Last reply by zeroknight 3 days ago

firefox browser

Hi Windows 11. Every time I open a new tab and make a search I get a field under the bookmarks for my google account. I do not want this. On the web it says I should go t… (read more)

Hi Windows 11. Every time I open a new tab and make a search I get a field under the bookmarks for my google account. I do not want this. On the web it says I should go to account settings and scroll down to the Linked Accounts section. I cannot find that section. Elsewhere I read that I have to do something in my google account as well. How do I get rid of the field for my google account when searching in firefox, please?

Asked by aswright47 4 days ago

Last reply by TyDraniu 4 days ago

This is a continue on previous quesiton 1440060 tread, since reply ends with Error

I've been trying to reply to my previous question here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/que.../1440060, but my reply ends with an error - c attached. Therefore, I'm sta… (read more)

I've been trying to reply to my previous question here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/que.../1440060, but my reply ends with an error - c attached. Therefore, I'm starting this new thread.

First, thank you for the answers. I have run into an issue and also have a follow-up question.

Follow up question: A while ago, I changed the autoplay settings in about:config, but I noticed they reverted to default. Do these settings reset with major browser updates? Or could it be that the settings' names changed, resulting in the default value being applied? Should I periodically check these values to ensure they haven't changed?

Issue: I updated the settings in about:config as mentioned in https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1440060 by cor-el. It appears to have stopped the autoplay of videos. However, after browsing Google News and Yahoo News articles for about 30 minutes, my browser crashes. This happens under the same usage pattern as before. The browser becomes unresponsive, and if I click on anything, I see the rainbow Apple spinning wheel. Eventually, I have to force quit the browser. See attached.

Thank you!

Asked by Terra Civis 4 days ago

Private Mode causing the Normal Mode to restore last session

This is happening near a year and I can't find a way to consistently replicate this issue but; While Private Mode is open, if I open the Normal Mode, visit some sites th… (read more)

This is happening near a year and I can't find a way to consistently replicate this issue but;

While Private Mode is open, if I open the Normal Mode, visit some sites then close it, when I reopen the Normal Mode it is restoring the last session.

This wasn't happening when the Private Mode was separated, like umm, it wasn't have it's own icon at the Task Bar.

So far I tried setting these values to false in about:config browser.sessionstore.resume_from_crash toolkit.winRegisterApplicationRestart

but it doesn't help with this problem. It only works if the Firefox actually crashes or closed abruptly like powering off the PC. But doesn't stop it's restoring when done this way.

Asked by Party Bunnie 5 days ago

Last reply by cor-el 5 days ago

Having trouble getting the "search in tabs" option to work properly

If you type "% [search term]" in your search bar, it will try to search your existing tabs for any tabs that fit the criteria. The problem is, firefox is making odd decis… (read more)

If you type "% [search term]" in your search bar, it will try to search your existing tabs for any tabs that fit the criteria. The problem is, firefox is making odd decisions on what to display in the search results. I was under the impression that Firefox would prioritize the most frequently used tabs in the search results, but this no longer appears to be true, or the criteria used is more complex than that.

As an example, in the attached screenshot, i am searching for tabs with the keyword "Stellaris". But for some reason, Firefox refuses to show me any reddit tabs with "Stellaris" in them, and is instead showing a list of tabs that are much less frequently used.

Is there any way to get the search results to prioritize the most frequently used tabs, change what shows up in the search results, etc? I know i can type "stellaris reddit" to narrow down the search results, but i would prefer that the search results prioritize the msot frequently used tabs.

Using Firefox 115.7 ESR btw.

Asked by Question2 5 days ago

all tabs and windows crashed

I was running 8 Windows with about 12 tabs per Window. AND I had it set to Continue Where You Left Off, so that each time I closed and launched FireFox, ALL Windows with… (read more)

I was running 8 Windows with about 12 tabs per Window. AND I had it set to Continue Where You Left Off, so that each time I closed and launched FireFox, ALL Windows with ALL Tabs would open. No problem. Easy.

This morning, Firefox crashed and LOST EVERYTHING. Why did it happen? And how do I get them back?

Jev

Asked by jevbrowser 1 week ago

Last reply by cor-el 1 week ago

  • Solved

New tab opens after current though toggled to false

Note: Please read my reply to the post, below, for an update. I like to have new tabs open at the end of my tab stream so that each new tab opens in consecutive order. T… (read more)

Note: Please read my reply to the post, below, for an update.

I like to have new tabs open at the end of my tab stream so that each new tab opens in consecutive order. This is only inconvenient when I have a lot of tabs and need to scroll to the end for the latest. Because I was working with a lot of tabs today I toggled the following to "true" in about:config —

browser.tabs.insertAfterCurrent = true browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent = true

The issue I'm having is that after toggling back to false, new tabs continue to open after the current tab, rather than at the end as before.

I'm not clear on the difference between related and unrelated, so I've experimented toggling one on, one off and neither or both but for some reason the behavior continues to default to opening new tabs after current in each case.

I have also tried restarting both Firefox and the computer, but this has not had any effect, either.

I have included a screen shot of the present settings and behavior.

Asked by wynden 1 week ago

Answered by wynden 1 week ago

Firefox opens up a second browser screen automatically when I am already in a website!

When I login to my main Firefox browser and then access a website within a short while the browser screen opens up again automatically. In other words, a second window w… (read more)

When I login to my main Firefox browser and then access a website within a short while the browser screen opens up again automatically. In other words, a second window which is very irritating. How can I stop this from happening?

Asked by graemesmith300653 1 week ago

Last reply by graemesmith300653 1 week ago

Selecting tabs in iOs 10.10.5

Hello I find it hard to select the tabs, the cursor has to be just in the right narrow area for selection, which is just under the tab name's text. Same for selecting the… (read more)

Hello I find it hard to select the tabs, the cursor has to be just in the right narrow area for selection, which is just under the tab name's text. Same for selecting the "X" to close the tab, the cursor has to be just under the X for selection, anywhere else does not work. Thanks much Daniel


/edit: moved thread from Firefox for iOS (for iPhone/iPad) to Firefox section as 10.10.5 is macOS Yosemite.

Asked by d.morgenthaler 1 week ago

Restore Previous Session Option is Missing From History Menu

I have been using the "Restore Previous Session Option" fairly often for years, but within the last few weeks the option is no longer there. I had tried to use the Sett… (read more)

I have been using the "Restore Previous Session Option" fairly often for years, but within the last few weeks the option is no longer there.

I had tried to use the Settings > Open Previous Windows and Tabs as a workaround, but it doesn't appear to be consistent.

Did something change in a recent update, or is my installation broken somehow? I tried refreshing Firefox but that didn't bring it back.

The article here shows what I am referring to and has a screenshot of where the "Restore Previous Session" option was: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/restore-previous-session#w_when-session-restore-occurs


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Anyone else have this problem? Is my installation broken? And how to fix?

Asked by SR 1 week ago

Last reply by cor-el 1 week ago

New tab with icons

I have Firefox installed on my Windows 11 laptop. When I click on a new tab, I want that new tab to show 4 rows of icons of sites I have visited most frequently like my b… (read more)

I have Firefox installed on my Windows 11 laptop. When I click on a new tab, I want that new tab to show 4 rows of icons of sites I have visited most frequently like my bank, Amazon, etc. I do not know how to set a new tab to show the 4 rows of icons. These icons show up in Firefox on my Windows 10 desktop computer but not on Windows 11 laptop.

Asked by goofusrufus 1 week ago

Last reply by cor-el 1 week ago

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How to separate inactive tabs ? with either bar or boxes

Initial post: https://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?p=792869#p792869 cat history.log-* history.log | grep -i firefox -B2 Start-Date: 2024-02-11 19:48:58 Commandline… (read more)

Initial post: https://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?p=792869#p792869

cat history.log-* history.log | grep -i firefox -B2

Start-Date: 2024-02-11 19:48:58 Commandline: /usr/bin/unattended-upgrade Upgrade: firefox-esr:amd64 (102.15.0esr-1~deb11u1, 115.7.0esr-1~deb11u1)

before: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/search-open-tabs-firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/fr/firefox/addon/simple-tab-groups/ https://www.ghacks.net/2021/03/09/manage-container-tabs-efficiently-from-a-side-panel-with-the-container-tabs-sidebar-extension-for-firefox/ now: https://addons.mozilla.org/fr/firefox/addon/tab-stash/ https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/sidebar_tabs.html

How do I put bar between tabs, or, each tab inside an individual box ? I have tried many codes from various forums, but since this update, FF seems to ignore ./chrome/userChrome.css completely.

Asked by Benoit-Pierre DEMAINE 1 week ago

Answered by jscher2000 - Support Volunteer 1 week ago

Tabs not switching until windows are resized

This isn't a constant issue for me, but occasionally the browser will suddenly break such that when I switch tabs, nothing actually updates until I do something like rest… (read more)

This isn't a constant issue for me, but occasionally the browser will suddenly break such that when I switch tabs, nothing actually updates until I do something like restore/maximise the window. I can still interact with the page itself, but whether using the mouse or keyboard shortcuts, changing, opening, or closing tabs, or even typing in the navigation bar, won't do anything until I resize the window again. I haven't been able to figure out any pattern to when this state triggers, but after it does, it doesn't clear up without closing and reopening the browser. I have recorded a video showing this behavior but I am unable to upload it here, and still images would not properly convey the issue.

Asked by rubegoldbergguy 4 months ago

Last reply by zeroknight 1 week ago

Can I open all of the tabs in a container at once?

I would like to use the Firefox Container tabs. I understand how they group tabs in different catagories keeping cookies separate and making your browsing more private. I… (read more)

I would like to use the Firefox Container tabs. I understand how they group tabs in different catagories keeping cookies separate and making your browsing more private. I use an add-on tool that groups tabs so that I can open an entire set of tools at once. Can I use the Firefox Container tabs in a similar way? I'd like to be able to select one container and have all of the tabs in that container open at once.

Asked by sharif2 1 week ago

Hi, new icon in tab while loading

Hi, I have recently update my Win system with everything including Firefox. And now when I open new tab there is the same Firefox icon like always, but when I it is loadi… (read more)

Hi, I have recently update my Win system with everything including Firefox. And now when I open new tab there is the same Firefox icon like always, but when I it is loading new page then its new X. When it is done with loading it changes to OK icon of the dedicated page. Is this X normal? Thank you

Asked by bojan-rakic 2 weeks ago

Last reply by cor-el 2 weeks ago