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Got new version, want to go back to previous download box, the new one has no history and doesn't show speed of download, how do I go back?

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Got new version, want to go back to previous download box, the new one has no history and doesn't show speed of download, how do I go back?

They are in the question. I was very pleased with the old download box, I have a mac so when I got the new update from firefox, I was very surprised to see I can't look through the old downloads and can't see the speed in which the current file is being downloaded, it doesn't make sense to cut those options off...

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Site Moderator

Re: Got new version, want to go back to previous download box, the new one has no history and doesn't show speed of download, how do I go back?

Note that Firefox 20 also can open the about:downloads page in a tab (see also about:about).

You can set the Boolean pref browser.download.useToolkitUI to true on the about:config page to restore the old download manager window.

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Re: Got new version, want to go back to previous download box, the new one has no history and doesn't show speed of download, how do I go back?

If you go into the menu, you can still access the download box. It has not completely vanished, it's just that the download box has just moved into the browser.

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Re: Got new version, want to go back to previous download box, the new one has no history and doesn't show speed of download, how do I go back?

Note that Firefox 20 also can open the about:downloads page in a tab (see also about:about).

You can set the Boolean pref browser.download.useToolkitUI to true on the about:config page to restore the old download manager window.

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Re: Got new version, want to go back to previous download box, the new one has no history and doesn't show speed of download, how do I go back?

On Windows, I open the download list using Ctrl+j. My guess is that you would use Command+j on Mac. I started a huge download to make sure I would have time to grab a screen shot, and I do see a progress bar.

I do think it's sad that the file size, date, and site are missing for deleted downloads. It does make clearer which ones are unavailable, but that data could be handy for a quick sanity check before downloading it again.

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New User

Re: Got new version, want to go back to previous download box, the new one has no history and doesn't show speed of download, how do I go back?

Thanks a lot cor-el! You gave me a great solution which I would never know off or find on my own. This was a great and helpful tip, I hope a lot of people would enjoy it now that it's online.

New User

Re: Got new version, want to go back to previous download box, the new one has no history and doesn't show speed of download, how do I go back?

Yes this About:Config option to go back to previous download manager works fine. I sure hope Mozilla doesn't do away with this option as I hate the new download manager. They dumbed it down way too much.

Regular User

Re: Got new version, want to go back to previous download box, the new one has no history and doesn't show speed of download, how do I go back?

@ cor-el Thanx so so much for this solution!! The download feature in FF was just great and personally this new download "thing" I find just terrible :( So again thanx for this!!! :)

New User

Re: Got new version, want to go back to previous download box, the new one has no history and doesn't show speed of download, how do I go back?

It seems that there is a distinct trend to make things prettier for the ignorant and unwashed.

Why not a config menu for things like this and the tab location. I really like to have the tabs directly above the page they belong to. Totally don't understand the rationale provided to explain that one

While I am truly grateful for all those with the talent to maintain FF, It too bad that the changes included in each release are not better documented. Slow down the releases and explain some of the changes and why.

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Re: Got new version, want to go back to previous download box, the new one has no history and doesn't show speed of download, how do I go back?

All our changes are document, just to let you know.

New User

Re: Got new version, want to go back to previous download box, the new one has no history and doesn't show speed of download, how do I go back?

I guess I wasn't clear enough. I have trouble understanding WHY many of the changes are made. I'm sure someone had a good reason but doggone if stands out. It seems that we are re-learning FF over with each revision.

Things get moved and a road map would be nice. But, really, are we just keeping up with the joneses? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I do read release notes, and user manuals, for some 50 years now. I even used to write them. The release notes are a lot more extensive now and that's a help. I found the little download arrow as a result.

More than release notes are needed. I haven't looked at the FF documentation (user's manual) on line recently, but I've always had trouble with the content. I guess I need to look at it after tax time.

Please be sure that that part of the documentation keeps up with the revision levels of the software. Otherwise don't release it.

I don't want to seem like I'm on a rant so I'm sorry if it might seem that way to some.