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przemo20
Strollin' around
Status: Delivered

Starting release of Firefox 127.0 the “browser.privateWindowSeparation.enabled” preference stopped working (I believe it was removed in the commit here: https://phabricator.services.mozilla.com/rMOZILLACENTRAL8adde2b08299cbe12d25785fcb0efdabb0057766) and now Firefox private and normal windows have their separate icon in the Windows taskbar. Could you restore that functionality? If not by bringing back the “browser.privateWindowSeparation.enabled” preference on the about:config page, then e.g. add a new setting on the Firefox settings page that does the same thing.

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SWTZR
New member

Who does this change help? I can see the use for separating the icons for some people, but forcing that on everyone just doesn't make sense. The choice should have been in the regular settings menu, not hidden away in about:config. Please revert this change.

crocteamgg
New member

Please change this back, it brings nothing and it's incovenient

JonesBones
Making moves

Mozilla you need to seriously rethink your approach. Firefox was always meant to be the most customizable browser, yet you have messed up again. Is this a further attempt to make yourself stand out from competition? You are already doing that by not having native PWA support and lacking tab customization options.

Right from beginning separating Private window icon was a dumb idea, no other browser has this behavior. Ok add it, but make it opt-in not opt-out. And now opt-out option is removed. It does not make any sense, there is no way this small tweak was bloating Firefox or had to be regularly maintained.

If you want to remove features, start with Pocket.

Venetia
Employee
Employee

We have heard all your feedback and are bringing back the “browser.privateWindowSeparation.enabled” pref as an opt in.

We will be using this bug to track the work.

Chisonoio
Strollin' around

Thank you very much. I also think there should be an option to configure this in a settings window besides using about:config. I also think a default behavior of "make extra taskbar icons" is unwise.

Supreme_Star
Making moves

 

Aside from the problem described with Private Browsing make the option to keep private tabs from closing automatically for IoS again cause now every time I fully exit the app I lose hundreds of Private Tabs I had open and this was not an issue I had before your stupid 127.0 update I’m not sure if this relates to the separation config but while your working on this @Venetia and any other Firefox or Mozilla Employee aware of this problem but essentially just bring back the option to keep private tabs from closing when automatically when I exit the app

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techfox
Making moves

Thanks for reconsidering and bringing back the preference.

blakew18
Making moves

Considering I saw this revolt coming back when this was in beta and proceed to mention it in Progress2000's discussion about this, I can safely say I told you so!

FMozilla
New member

This time we got lucky that 33 people were enough for the devs to revert this silly change. Next time it might take even more voices.

Thanks for listening to reason dev team.

x24souas
New member

Has this been fixed? Still seeing separate icons on my taskbar.

RepulsiveCoder
New member

Heavily depended on Firefox and Private window. Updates are still pending on my PC when I've seen this changes on my Office laptop.

Thanks for reconsidering and bringing back the preference.

techfox
Making moves
Chunkothy
New member

Yes please bring back the option to change it. Why have a private browser option that pops up on your taskbar instead of keeping it more hidden behind the main on the taskbar?

Akufen
New member

Do you want me to stop using Firefox? Cause, this is how you get me to stop using Firefox.

Venetia
Employee
Employee

Update: This will be in Fx 128 - we have uplifted this into Fx128 Beta.

We are currently investigating if we can make it available earlier.