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Status: New idea

The earlier version is better. Only show the purple private mode icon. Please keep the icon indicator, but please remove the "Private browsing" text.

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Strollin' around

A solution was provided here:

if you dislike it saying private browsing in the corner, set browser.privatebrowsing.enable-new-indicator false

+1 for removing the text by default.

New member

I think that the text does the job better than the mask icon for casual users.

Instead of reverting to the previous style, it would make more sense to add an option in settings to toggle browser.privatebrowsing.enable-new-indicator to false for the people that require it.

Familiar face

What @alxpl said.

New member

As a heavy user for private browsing, I would love an obvious setting to make it shorter. It's taking too much space.

Making moves

Personally, I think of a better idea: make an option to disguise the private windows as normal. For instance:

Private Spoof Mode disabled

Private Spoof Mode enabled

  • The windows uses the same theme as other regular windows
  • No "Private Browsing" label in top-right corner
  • Window uses the regular Firefox icon
  • Default New Tab look, without shortcuts (just Firefox logo and search)
  • Basically uses the same appearance as any regular FF window, the only difference in the window label (Firefox Private Browsing)
New member

Didn't there use to be a Private Browsing icon or indication that lets you know that you're in Private Browsing? All I see is the Regular Firefox icon. Is it something I can enable in Settings?

Making moves

yes i not like this text in my window, all other people around me know if i use private browsing omg. firefox private browsing = public browsing.

after last update this not working : browser.privatebrowsing.enable-new-indicator false

Making moves

Now, the option to remove it from about:config has itself been removed.

I believe that the icon was quite enough to distinguish visually between Private and normal windows. The text is just superfluous, and it takes space in the tabs bar so that less tabs can fit in.

I don't think the option in about:config should be restored... i respectfully believe the change itself should be reversed!

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I fully agree with S2000.

The icon in the title bar is enough. The text just uses up valuable tab space, especially when you have two browser windows arranged side-by-side (horizontal split).

If needed, the "New Private Tab" content could be adjusted to more clearly indicate that the current window is for private browsing or explain what this means.