Permissions Manager - Give certain websites the ability to store passwords, set cookies and more

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Instead of hunting all over Firefox to change various website permissions, the Permissions Manager now collects them all in one place. You can customize permissions for individual sites or set the default permissions for all sites. This article will get you started.

Note: Individual website permissions, such as allowing or blocking plugins, can be changed from the Permissions panel of the Page Info window for that site. See Page Info window - View technical details about the page you are on for details.

How do I open the Permissions Manager?

To open the Permissions Manager, just type the words about:permissions into the location bar as if it were a website and hit Enter. The current tab will be replaced by the Permissions Manager.
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On the left hand side you'll see a search bar with a list of all the websites you've been to below it. The right hand side lists the various website permissions that Firefox stores.

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How do I manage permissions for a single website?

To work with a single website you have to select it from the list on the left side. You can quickly narrow down that long list by typing part of the site's address in the search box. Once you've selected a site, you can manage its permissions with the settings on the right. Permissions Manager Win3 Permissions Manager Mac3

  • When working with a single site you can also click the Forget About This Site button to delete everything Firefox has stored for that site.
    Warning: All history items (browsing and download history, cookies, cache, active logins, passwords, saved form data, exceptions for cookies, images, pop-ups) for that site will be removed.

How do I manage the default permissions for all websites?

To manage the default permissions for all websites select All Sites from the top of the list of websites. Now the settings on the right represent the default permissions for all websites. Permissions Manager Win4 Permissions Manager Mac4

What permissions can I manage?

Note: The permissions you can manage and the options for each permission differ depending on whether you are managing a single website or all websites.

The Permissions Manager gives you easy access to the following:

  • Store passwords: Set whether or not Firefox can store passwords for websites. Click Manage Passwords... to open the Password Manager where you can view or delete individual passwords. See Password manager - Remember, delete and change saved passwords in Firefox for more information.
  • Share Location: Set whether or not Firefox can share your current location with a website that requests it. See the Location-Aware Browsing FAQ for more info.
    Note: Your public IP address can always be seen, which may be used to determine your general location (city, region, etc.).
  • Set Cookies: Choose whether or not and for how long websites can set cookies on your computer. You can remove cookies by clicking Remove All Cookies or manage individual cookies by clicking Manage Cookies.... In addition, you can set Firefox to allow only "First Party" cookies on a site-by-site basis. See the Cookies - Information that websites store on your computer article for more.Set Cookies: Choose whether or not and for how long websites can set cookies on your computer. You can remove cookies by clicking Remove All Cookies or manage individual cookies by clicking Manage Cookies.... See the Cookies - Information that websites store on your computer article for more.
  • Open Pop-up windows: Allow or block websites from opening pop-up windows. See the Pop-up blocker settings, exceptions and troubleshooting article for details.
  • Maintain Offline Storage: Set whether or not websites can store information on your computer for use when you are offline.
  • Plugins: Set whether or not Firefox automatically activates plugins on websites.
    Note: If you set Firefox to "Always Ask" to activate plugins on All Sites, you will then be able to set permissions for individual sites.
  • Fullscreen: Set whether or not websites can be displayed in full screen.



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