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i am using private browsing mode but firefox still keeps download history

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i am using private browsing mode but firefox still keeps download history

whenever i download something it stays in the download window til i clear it, firefox is set to not remember it

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Re: i am using private browsing mode but firefox still keeps download history

Note that current Firefox version also maintain a Downloads folder in the Bookmarks and History Manager (Library)

  • History > Show All History
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Re: i am using private browsing mode but firefox still keeps download history

The Reset Firefox feature can fix many issues by restoring Firefox to its factory default state while saving your essential information. Note: This will cause you to lose any Extensions, Open websites, and some Preferences.

To Reset Firefox do the following:

  1. Go to Firefox > Help > Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Click the "Reset Firefox" button.
  3. Firefox will close and reset. After Firefox is done, it will show a window with the information that is imported. Click Finish.
  4. Firefox will open with all factory defaults applied.


Further information can be found in the Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings article.

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Re: i am using private browsing mode but firefox still keeps download history

I used the reset twice didn't fix that problem

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Re: i am using private browsing mode but firefox still keeps download history

you can check these settings in "about:config" (typed into the url address text box)

browser.download.manager.retention | user set | integer | 0

if it doesn't exist, create it and restart firefox clearing all cache prior.

upon further review, you will have to disable the new user interface.

browser.download.useToolkitUI | user set | boolean | false

you could also change:

browser.download.panel.removeFinishedDownloads | user set |boolean | false

,but this is redundant as nothing is stored.

reference: http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config_entries

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Re: i am using private browsing mode but firefox still keeps download history

that worked , thank you very much

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Re: i am using private browsing mode but firefox still keeps download history

Note that current Firefox version also maintain a Downloads folder in the Bookmarks and History Manager (Library)

  • History > Show All History