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How do I make "downloads" separate from History" ?

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How do I make "downloads" separate from History" ?

Today, something changed when I went to download a file: I couldn't see where the file was downloading. And then I looked and saw it was now grouped under "library" where bookmarks and history are. I liked how it was before, where I could see downloads separate from "history" and "bookmarks". What happened and how do I change it back ?

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Support Forum Moderator

Re: How do I make "downloads" separate from History" ?

That is a new feature in Firefox 20, and it's not possible to separate Downloads from the Library window.

Regular Contributor

Re: How do I make "downloads" separate from History" ?

Type into your address bar

about:config

Find

browser.download.useToolkitUI

Right-click value of "false", Toogle it to "true"

New Contributor

Re: How do I make "downloads" separate from History" ?

What will that do ? I heard its not possible to change this in the new version of FF

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Re: How do I make "downloads" separate from History" ?

Changing the browser.download.useToolkitUI pref to true will make Firefox show the classic Download manager if you prefer to see the downloads in that window. This won't affect the Downloads as seen in the Library (Bookmarks/History Manager) as those are stored differently. The Library stores the data in the places.sqlite file and the classic download manager in downloads.sqlite in the Firefox profile folder. The Downloads folder in the Library shows History data, so if you clear history then it is removed from the Downloads folder as well and vice verse if you remove entries in the Downloads folder then they will no longer appear in the history.

New Contributor

Re: How do I make "downloads" separate from History" ?

When I type in about:config, I get a message that I could lose my "warranty". Never having changed settings like this, what warranty is being threatened ?