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Subject:Stupid (I hope) WaterFox question
Time:03:55 pm
I just switched to Waterfox because the new version of Firefox has killed the add-ons I like. There's one stupid problem so far:

In Firefox, if I close all tabs the browser opens the home page, which until the last firefox update was Superstart, a speed dial add-on which is MUCH better than the equivalent in Firefox.

In Waterfox, if I close all tabs the browser closes. This means that if I want to close a browser window and open Superstart (and I usually do) I have to open a new tab for Superstart first. So far, I've forgotten and shut the program more often than not. It sounds trivial, but I've been working the other way since I first used Firefox a good few years ago, and it's proving hard to break the habit.

Anyone know if there's a setting that can be changed to open the homepage if all the other tabs are shut? It's not showing up under options, and at the moment the help screen switches you to the Firefox help pages!

later - just realised there's a security / privacy issue here - if this happens when you have a private window open it closes, but Waterfox will still be open if you have any tabs open. This could easily lead to someone opening a page that they don't want tracked when they THINK that they are still in privacy mode.

SOLVED - Someone on the Waterfox reddit gave me the answer:

open "about:config"
search for "browser.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab"
toggle to "false"
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gonzo21
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Time:2017-11-17 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'm having the exact same problem. Very cross with Firefox for foisting this update on me with no option or warning that it was going to nuke half my add-ons.
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ffutures
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Time:2017-11-17 08:51 pm (UTC)
There's been talk of it for a while, which is why I already had Waterfox installed. Firefox claim that the new release is faster and more secure, but it has a lot of features people really don't like, and isn't compatible with most add-ons.
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gonzo21
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Time:2017-11-20 01:35 pm (UTC)
I'm astonished they launched it with such little support for existing add-ons. That's like, the one big unique selling point of Firefox.
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curiouswombat
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Time:2017-11-17 06:32 pm (UTC)
Can't help with Waterfox, but am sympathising about Firefox - it is driving me nuts as it now takes about 6 clicks to find my files of bookmarks.
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ffutures
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Time:2017-11-17 08:51 pm (UTC)
I didn't get that far - it looked so horrible I switched straight to Waterfox since I'd heard this was coming and had it ready-installed.
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draconin
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Time:2017-11-25 08:45 am (UTC)
Would have to be one of the most commercially stupid decisions I've seen in *years*. They're going to lose masses of their customer base.

Personally I've downloaded the previous version where the addons still worked and re-installed that. All settings were successfully preserved and I've now disabled update. I know there are security issues with this but **dammit!** I liked FF!!

What's the story with Waterfox? I don't understand the advantage of shifting if the reason for the change is losing your addons; surely you lose them just as much by changing browser? Or does it support all the FF addons?
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