Firefox updated itself yesterday. Before the update it had remembered my choice of different zoom levels for websites, including different zoom levels for different pages in websites. Now every page I go to in one website is changed when I either enlarge or decrease the text size on one page. It is annoying as hell to have to constantly change with CTRL/+ or /- every time on pages on a particular site. The larger size on all sites is annoying and I am constantly having to decrease the zoom level.
In order to be able to open a bookmark in a new window as I was able to in 21.0 I had to uncheck open new window in new tab instead. Why did 22.0 change my settings without asking? Now when I click a link in a site it always opens in a new window. Most annoying. I have to always right click to open in a new tab instead of new window. Never had a problem in 21.0.
The site for my TV listings no longer displays properly and is unusable in Firefox.
I want to go back to 21.0 if these bugs cannot be worked out.
Have poor eyesight and this new update has made working on the computer very difficult, totally frustrating, and much more time consuming. I have a 23" widescreen monitor set at 1920 X 1080 that properly displays all other software.
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You can set the layout.css.devPixelsPerPx pref on the about:config page to 1.0 (current default value is -1.0) to restore the behavior of previous Firefox versions.
If you need to adjust the dimensions of icons on toolbars the adjust the value of this pref in steps of 0.1 or 0.05 starting with 1.0.
Use this extension to adjust the font size for the user interface.
You can look at the Default FullZoom Level or NoScript extension if web pages need to be adjusted after changing the layout.css.devPixelsPerPx pref.
To fix the open in new windows. Click the Firefox button on the top left corner. Next go click options and go to General. Change to your liking. Also go to Tabs and select options to your liking.
Hi SueWitch, to expand on Tylerdowner's reply, Firefox previously did not automatically zoom the content area for high-DPI displays, and now it does. For example, if you set your Windows display to increase font sizes (e.g., 125% font size) Firefox zooms the content area by the same amount.
If this is too large in general, you can use an extension to downsize the content area. For example, you could install Default FullZoom Level and set it to 90% and see whether that strikes a good balance. You can still use Ctrl+ and Ctrl- to adjust from there as needed.
Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions (Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Firefox uses the about: protocol to access built-in about: pages that you can open via the location bar just like you open web pages.
If you do not keep changes after a restart or otherwise have problems with preferences, see:
Microrobot, when FF 22.0 first started I tried right clicking on a bookmark to open it in a new window. All the options apart from OPEN were greyed out. Went to Tools, Options, Tabs and immediately unclicked to open new windows in a new tab instead. That was the only way I could open the bookmark in a new window. (I watch/listen to General Hospital while reading email). After that every link I clicked opened in a new window instead of replacing the page I was on. So I had to go back and click to check Open new windows in a new tab instead, to stop that happening.
I always turn off the computer each day. Now after restarting FF however, even with that box checked I am able to right click to open in a new window and a new window does open. Links I click will open in the same tab unless I right click to open in a new Window. So I guess that was a hiccup? Thanks for the info, but I had been there already.
Jscher2000, I do have my Windows 7 set at 125%, without that everything is too small to read without a magnifying glass. All us older folk do that and most do not know how to ask for help, there are going to be a lot of angry FF users!! It seems from everything I have read it is just us hard of seeing who have chosen the 125% option that are having the problems. It would have been better for FF to have given us the option of using the new feature or not.
Some websites contain such tiny text that I have to use CTRL+ so many times to be able to read, others the text is so large CTRL- is the way to go. It is so frustrating. We should not have to install add-ons to reduce the text size. Will give your suggestions a whirl, although have read elsewhere that it did not solve the problem for a user. Thanks for the link.
Given how many people are having problems, I think I'll wait a while to see if a fix is made available in the near future. So many people are depending on me to find a really easy solution for them, most are not computer literate enough to look for answers or fix the problem themselves. I have tried hitting CTRL 0 and it does not reduce the size of the page content to the size it was in FF 21. How on earth does Mozilla expect senior citizens who are using their first ever computers to deal with this change?
This was the first time Firefox updated and I did not receive an email telling of the changes. Was there one? Usually when Firefox updates we are also taken to a page with information about the changes, that did not happen either this time.