What LinuxEnjoy said:
Hey, I really appreciate the possibility to share the Community Feedback
Regarding the topic at hand, I second all of the things said before me and wish to add my biggest issue with this change.
I do not want people to see at a glance of my desktop, whether i have a private tab open or not. At least not when it's minimized.
Oftentimes, I send screenshots or show someone my pc and don't want to hear "oh private tab, nice ;-)".
From my point of view, this will create even a bigger stigma about Private Mode. So less people will use a privacy feature because they don't want their coworkers to think that they are watching porn (there, i said the p word) at work.
Private mode isn't really private if anyone can see you got a private mode icon on your taskbar. It almost screams: There's a secret here, enquire about it! Not even meaning at work, but also at home, with my kids glancing at my screen and not needing to know which presents I am going to buy or which medical/fysical/mental health questions I have about them or myself.
I wanted to add to my dissatisfaction with this change. But mostly, the fact that it does so *without permission from the user.* I was curious why all of a sudden, myself and a couple friends had the Private Browser pinned to our task bars, despite not remembering adding anything.
Well, I tested it on a fourth machine. Did the update, then Firefox opens a tab about the changes, which happens occasionally. And as usual, I simply hit the "x" on the tab, uninterested in the changes. I saw that it displayed a button with an option to "add Firefox to taskbar," which I didn't need because it already was. But despite closing this tab, *it did it automatically.* And now I have to go into about:config as a workaround to get rid of something that could most definitely be considered invasive, and that I not only didn't ask for, but explicitly did not click on the option that appears to enable it.
So if it's not a bug, why is there a button to "enable" something if it already enables it itself?
EDIT: [Video of it occurring on 4th, test machine.](https://youtu.be/sBvVK41jr2w).
I think you can simply "delete" this "Firefox private browsing" "program" in setting or control panel. It won't affect the real Firefox program. Sorry, I found out this doesn't work.
However, I found a way to "delete" the app in start menu:
1. Right click the "program" and go to more and click open file location.
2. Delete the "program" in file explorer
3. The "private browsing program" no longer show in file explorer
I'm so glad someone already started a topic about this. I updated yesterday, and spent the last half hour searching for the option to revert this change without success.
I, too, hate the fact that Private Browsing now has a separate icon, for the fact that it occupies more space on the taskbar, but also because I often stream my screen on Discord with my friends, and I don't really want to advertise the fact that I have a Private Browsing window open, since that means just one thing 99% of the time.
That said, the fact that Private Browsing previews would show up when hovering the cursor over the taskbar icon, wasn't great either.
(I combined my multiple replies into this 1 but I didn't see an option to delete my other pending replies. Please teach me if I'm just not seeing it, as I'm a Newbie here) 😁
I totally agree, cuz what's the point of being in private browsing mode if there's a big icon right there that says, "hey I'm in private browsing".
How many votes does it need to get implemented? Also, are the "Kudos" the votes? (Again...Newbie here) 😁
It's great that they're separate windows, it just needs a way to hide it from taskbar. The only problem I cam think of that would arise from hiding it from taskbar, would be how would we get back to that window, other than using "Alt+Tab" keyboard shortcut, which is not even a problem or inconvenience. I would definitely LOVE to see this idea implemented. I've used Firefox since it 1st came out in early 2000's.
Thanks for joining the conversation, @Iampickle!
Great questions and great feedback. The Product Team is also currently hosting a discussion thread on the new changes to private windows. Link here:
Private window changes in Firefox 106 - Give us your feedback!
Feel free to share your input there as well. We are excited to collaborate with the community 🙌
I can see pros and cons to the separate window icon and can imagine many users will prefer the new change. So, to the product team, nice job.
For us nerds, I'd prefer an option, but if you're being nerdy then as long as the config option: "set browser.privateWindowSeparation.enabled to false" is supported, it seems that should be sufficient. There might be a better way to advertise "looking for an option on firefox" so that users could find it, use it, and move on.
I'm also fine with an explicit option any user can set. Just not sure it's needed or worth the UI complexity (as someone already said).
Thanks... Came here for the same solution... Just give us the option, please.
Open about:config from the address bar
Look up browser.privateWindowSeparation.enabled and set it to false
This worked for me....Thank you
Until recently, in the Windows taskbar, Firefox kept the normal and private browsing tabs within the same icon, in a balloon, where you could select between one window or another with their respective tabs.
Now private browsing has been separated from the Firefox icon as if it were independent and I didn't like that. So I suggest that it go back to the way it was before or at least that it can be chosen as an option for those who prefer to have the different windows grouped in the Firefox icon on the taskbar.
Thank you very much.