Firefox 89’s biggest change!

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Image: Mozilla – The recent Firefox 89 update reviews the desktop interface of the browser, introducing several welcome quality of life improvements and extended privacy protection measures. Updated user data and feedback are based upon Mozilla’s interface so that the majority of users are glad about the changes. That said, although you dig the new look, it’s rearranged and removed things—and added a couple of new settings—so that you could get used to them.

We’ll go over all of the updates you need to know about in Firefox 89 to help you with your transition. To try this new feature for themselves, you can either download the latest Firefox update from the official Firefox download page, by go to Settings > General > Firefox updates > Desktop updates, or you can download the latest Firefox installer.

Explore the new tab bar for Firefox 89

Screenshot: Brendan Hesse

The biggest changes to the user interface of Firefox 89 are how tabs in the browser appear and how the websites behave in the background.

Now open the URL bar tabs, each with its own rectangle. “Float” Tabs still do the same while they are different. You can click and move open tabs to re-order your order or drag them to open a website on a new Firefox window from outside the tab bar. Mozilla’s new icons have been added to indicate when a tab will play audio, and if you open a link to a new background tab then the browser will automatically pause auto play media. (Yes, video ads even ennobled.)

Now you can swap to newly opened tabs by default, under Settings > General > Tabs and Settings > Home > New Windows and Tabs. This allows for the changing of specific Tab and Windows Functions. You can also customize your views when opening a fresh tab with a “Personalize” button on the new tab page.

Firefox 89’s other UI changes

Mozilla’s main toolbar has also been streamlined. The browsing buttons have been paved down to just back and forth, and a three-dot “meatball” button was removed, which makes it the primary way to open the settings by leaving the three-line “hamburger” button on the upper right hand side of the App.

Image: Mozilla

Likewise, Firefox now maintains browser notifications in a single “panel” pop-up. They are displayed in a single box instead of each pop-up, when the Zoom website asks you to access your microphon, webcam and other licenses.

Firefox 89’s Total Private Browsing Cookie Protection

The browser has received small but welcome privacy boost while changing the interface with standout updates. Total Cookie Protection now works in private browsing mode, which prevents you from being followed by websites that are open in private tabs, even if you browse other pages simultaneously. This protection will work default in private windows as long as total cookie protection is enabled in > Privacy & Security > Enhanced Tracking Protection. This protection will work in private windows.