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Firefox 4 has lost several items: X for stopping downloading, icon for home page, ability to control how long history items are kept.

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Firefox 4 (on Windows XP) seems to have lost various useful items, notably the icons for stopping the downloading of a web site and for calling up ones home page. I can also no longer find any way of altering the length of time my history is kept.

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Firefox 4 uses a combined Stop/Reload/Go button that is positioned at the right end of the location bar.
During the page load process it shows as a Stop button and after the loading has finished the button is changed to a Reload button.
If you type in the location bar then that button becomes a Go button.
You can middle-click that Reload button to duplicate the current tab to a new tab.

You can find the Home button at the far right end of the Navigation Toolbar.


In Firefox 4 you can no longer specify how long to keep the history. Firefox 4 determines automatically how many pages can be kept without affecting the performance.

You can see the current value via the pref places.history.expiration.transient_max_pages

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Thank you. Very useful information as I did not notice the home page icon on the far right and was feeling extemely frustrated that my familiar icon had disappeared. Would prefer the icon to be in a more convenient position. Is there any way to relocate it?

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To move the Stop and Reload buttons to their position to the left of the location bar you can use these steps:

  • Open the "View > Toolbars > Customize" window to move the Stop and Reload button out of the location bar.
  • Drag the Reload and Stop buttons to their previous position to the left of the location bar.
  • Set the order to "Reload - Stop" to get a combined "Reload/Stop" button.
  • Set the order to "Stop - Reload" or separate them otherwise to get two distinct buttons.

Open the Customize window via "View > Toolbars > Customize" or via "Firefox > Options > Toolbar Layout"