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why repace enable/disable add-ons buttons in ff 23 - confusing

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why repace enable/disable add-ons buttons in ff 23 - confusing

Replacing the enable/disable buttons for add-ons in FF23 with "always activate/never activate" is confusing and a pain. There are reasons to dynamically decide to enable or disable an add-on. Why was this removed, and is there any way to get the old method back?

FF23 Win 7 Pro 64

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Re: why repace enable/disable add-ons buttons in ff 23 - confusing

hello jaman57, i presume you're referring to plugins in particular?! the "always activate/never activate" do nothing else then the enable/disable buttons did before. however this change was made in preparation for a third option which will be available in this panel (always ask) which allows you to control on each site which plugins should be executed and it is also possible to store this choice on a per-site basis.

if you want to enable this third option, enter about:config into the firefox address bar (confirm the info message in case it shows up) & search for the preference named plugins.click_to_play. double-click it and change its value to true.

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Re: why repace enable/disable add-ons buttons in ff 23 - confusing

hello jaman57, i presume you're referring to plugins in particular?! the "always activate/never activate" do nothing else then the enable/disable buttons did before. however this change was made in preparation for a third option which will be available in this panel (always ask) which allows you to control on each site which plugins should be executed and it is also possible to store this choice on a per-site basis.

if you want to enable this third option, enter about:config into the firefox address bar (confirm the info message in case it shows up) & search for the preference named plugins.click_to_play. double-click it and change its value to true.

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Re: why repace enable/disable add-ons buttons in ff 23 - confusing

Thanks - yes in particular it was the Java, where there are sites where I want to use it sometimes, though most times I don't. I made the change and I see the "ask to activate" option is there. Thanks again!