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Firefox tab icon no longer spinning :(

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Hi, I am using FF v80.0.1 on ubuntu 18.04.

I noticed that whenever a tab is loading there is now a static (non-spinning) icon. Previously it was spinning. I want it to spin.

In changelog for 80.0 it says:

> For users with reduced motion settings, we’ve reduced a number of animations such as tab loading to reduce motion for users with migraines and epilepsy.

Is there a way to disable this feature?

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visgean said

Hi, I dont have the ui.prefersReducedMotion in key in about:config :(

No one has it by default. Step 3 is where you add that preference.

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I think we need this https://www.userchrome.org

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1176586

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https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1176586

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Hi visgean, if you do not want reduced animations in Firefox, it is possible to override your system-level animation preference with a manually created Firefox preference. You can try this:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk.

(2) In the search box in the page, type or paste the new preference name

ui.prefersReducedMotion

If this preference was already created and shows a value of 1, skip to step (4).

(3) On the bar with the preference name, click the radio button next to Number and click the + button to add the preference. Then Firefox should display the new value.

(4) Set the value to 0 (double-click to edit if necessary) and click the blue checkmark button or press Enter to save the change.

That should bring back the ping-ponging dots. Does it work on yours?


If by spinning you meant the old circling-arrow icon, and you are comfortable with userChrome.css hacks, see:

https://www.reddit.com/r/FirefoxCSS/comments/igxwgn/replace_hourglass_icon_with_circle/g35339i/

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Hi, I dont have the ui.prefersReducedMotion in key in about:config :(

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If ui.prefersReducedMotion doesn't exist on the about:config page then you can try to create a new Number pref and set its value to '0' (zero) although I assume that if the pref is missing Firefox would assume that animations aren't blocked unless your OS has this feature enabled.

It is possible that Firefox from the repositories behaves differently than Firefox from the Mozilla server. You can try Firefox from the Mozilla server to see if that makes a difference.

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visgean said

Hi, I dont have the ui.prefersReducedMotion in key in about:config :(

No one has it by default. Step 3 is where you add that preference.

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