How to Stop the Firefox Download Menu from Appearing





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Starting with Firefox 97, each time you download a file, the download menu opens automatically. If you find this annoying, it’s easy to turn it off by visiting Firefox’s hidden options. Here’s how to do it on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

First, open Firefox. In the address bar at the top of the window, type about:config and press Enter or Return. This will load the Firefox Advanced Preferences page.

In Firefox, type "about: setup" in the address bar and press Enter.

When the “Proceed with caution” message appears, click “Accept the risk and continue”.

Click on "Accept the risk and move on."

In the “Search preference name” box, type this (or copy and paste it):

browser.download.alwaysOpenPanel

When you see the item in the results list below, click the toggle button (two half-arrows pointing in opposite directions) until you see “false” listed next to it.

In Firefox, toggle "browser.download.alwaysOpenPanel" for "False."

The change is saved instantly. After that, close the Advanced Preferences tab. The next time you download a file in Firefox, you won’t be bothered by the download pop-up window. Not bad. Happy downloading!

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