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- by Firefox user 14179078, a year agoRated 1 out of 5Hey, guys, um.. you do know this option IS available in Firefox and requires no extensions, right? And there is never any purple screen crap. I tested it and it works just as you would want it to (although private browsing actually offers no anonymity, privacy or security whatsoever.
If you haven't discovered the wonders of the about:config page or it's sister file user.js where you can set literally hundreds of personal preferences, I highly recommend you check it out. This is an easy one:
1. Go to the about:config page.
2. Click past the warning (don't worry you can't do much damage and it's all reversable in seconds if you do).
3. Type "browser.privatebrowsing.autostart" in the filter bar.
4. Double click the setting and it will change from false to true. Now all private browsing windows do exactly what this extension is intended for but 100% as you want it. It took me literally a couple seconds from reading your review to having it done despite never attempting it before. SImple as hell.
I was so happy when I discovered the about:config file and wrote up a good user.js preferences file. user.js is simply a list of the same preferences with your custom settings so it's always Firefox your way everytime you load the browser. Plus if you make multiple profiles you can re-use the user.js file and not have to actually change settings, just paste it into the new profile's folder.
For example, I hate the sync feature so I removed it fom the preferences menu and all the syncted tabs menu items, as well. It took two minutes and I never have to see that crap again. FYI, Do NOT try to edit the config settings in the prefs.js file because the browser will simply overwrite it everytime you load Firefox. That file is a record of settings you change manually via the about:config page. Just throw a new file named user.js in your profile folder with a list of the settings you want changed and that's all. You're done forever. If you need to find out where your profile folder is located, go to about:profiles and it will tell you where each profile is as well as allowing the creation of many more profiles. I have a lot because I like to cutomize Firefox, which is also quite simple. I put the tabs below the URL bar and made them round bubbles instead of tabs and made the bookmarks bar expand to an infinite number of rows as I add more and more bookmarks. That and I changed all the colors, yada yada yada. That part is not as simpe but still pretty easy if you care enough to bother. I'm a web developer anyway so writing CSS comes naturally to me anyway.
Of course, you may know all this by now. All config settings and options can be found online via Mozilla, Mozillazine, etc. Plenty of references to it. It's quite powerful in a way no other browser is, which is why Firefox and Tor (a Firefox fork with the same ability) are all that I use now. And I was never a Firefox fan before.
It drives me nuts when I see extensions that simply do what one or two config settings do. There are hundreds of them. I read your review and had the solution in five seconds. Love that infinite configuration ability.
Developer responseposted a year agoHello, that about:config setting you are talking about is the one from settings that make always browsing in private browsing, so no, it does not do the same thing. Of course, you can also use userChrome.css in your profile folder, but who knows how long it will last as Mozilla removes all control from its users.