Is there anyway to restore the format (compactness) of the Bookmark Menus without setting the Automatic Updates to not automatically update and then downloading the 88.0.1 version? I hate to not have the Automatic Updates, for obvious reasons, but don't want to use the double space of the Bookmarks even more.
This wider menu item spacing is a feature of the Firefox 89 "Proton" redesign. I can give you a quick short-term workaround, but a more durable solution will require more work.
For testing purposes, there is a preference to switch between new style and old style menus. It helps with the spacing, but might be a tad bit glitchy:
(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk.
(2) In the search box in the page, type or paste browser.proton.contextmenus.enabled and pause while the list is filtered
(3) Double-click the preference to switch between true (new style) and false (old style)
You might need to do a regular exit/restart of Firefox to fully implement this change. In my test, the Bookmarks menu on the optional top Menu Bar was messed up in the existing window, but looked okay in a new window.
Longer Term Community Workaround
This involves setting up a userChrome.css file. The full instructions are in the following thread: https://support.mozilla.org/questions/1337841
I'm sure we'll refine that during the course of the month so when the temporary preference is removed, it will be airtight.
I also had this problem - on my laptop it meant the bookmarks took up a lot of the vertical space. Your solution of "browser.proton.contextmenus.enabled" worked for me.
One small issue. When the menu is displaying the 'compressed'm format, the horizontal size seems to be fixed, not matter how wide the actual text of individual menu items is. Sub menus are displayed in their correct location, so there is now a gap between a menu and its sub-menu.
Is this something that can be fixed? The picture shows what I mean.
Hi Alan, did you already do a normal exit/restart of Firefox? As mentioned in my earlier reply, there may be glitches with changing this setting in the middle of your session.
Oops - silly me.
Yes, it's OK on my main PC now. I'll check my laptop later today.