Wanted: a way to force start a new session
Is there a way to force start a new session easily? I usually save my tabs and windows when I shut FF down, but occasionally I would like to start a new sessions. It seems the only way to do this conveniently is to force crash FF. I already know about the config of FF (hence my tabs and windows are saved without a prompt when I quit FF), and would like a simpler solution. If there isn't one, it would be a nice feature to have, some simple keystroke to have a new session (and erase the cookies from the previous one) without having to change settings in the config, only to change them back again for normal usage.
Making changes in about:config or forcing a Firefox crash is a rather unusual method.
Something similar is obtained by right clicking a tab (you could use a new tab) and choosing close other tabs. Or drag a tab off onto the desktop (or drag it downwards ) that opens a new Firefox window, then just close the original window.
Another alternative is to set a suitable homepage, set firefox to start from the homepage instead of the previous session and restart Firefox using the ordinary option (from the Firefox Button on Mac s or Windows Vista or later).
I note your System information aside indicates you are using Firefox 11, you may wish to consider updating to the current version Firefox 12.
Opening a new FF window is not at all the same as starting a new session. Neither is closing all other tabs (which does not, as an aside, close app tabs). If I am logged into a website, say a financial institution, your suggestion will not log me off. The only clear and safe way to do this is to start a completely new session. FF developers have made this exceedingly difficult to do.
Also, private browsing does not eliminate the session. It merely suspends it. Once the private session is discontinued, the original session is once again restored. This is less than ideal when using financial websites. A second profile has the same problem, with the additional difficulty of providing another avenue of generating the same problem.
I am still looking for a good answer to this question.
Why not use privatebrowsing when you want to use financial sites, and then revert to a normal session afterwards, does that not work.
The point is to use Private Browsing.
If you switch PB mode and then on again then all cookies from the previous PB sessions are removed and you can start a new session with fresh cookies.
The point is not to use Private Browsing. Coming out of PB will leave me with the same problem- my cookies are being stored forever and I do not have truly clean sessions. Quitting is not enough to get me logged out of websites such as financial institutions and email. Using PB is a PITA to check just my email and financial stuff.
Let me reiterate: PRIVATE BROWSING IS NOT A SOLUTION.
This, however, is:
This solves my problem and gives me what I want: a clean normal user session. Without it, my cookies were constantly being saved, preventing me from running a truly new session. I used "2" as my flags.
Additional point: FF is missing functionality that would be fairly simple to add, IMO. It may only apply to a small subset of advanced users, but one shouldn't have to peruse the internet for obscure forums and comments therein to get a truly clean session. A simple check box in the advanced user prefs would suffice.