The Add-ons Manager and the Downloads View can be opened in several tabs

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Firefox
Private Browsing
6 years ago
5 years ago

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(Reporter: alindeac, Unassigned)

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Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:21.0) Gecko/20130114 Firefox/21.0
Build ID: 20130114031033

With the New Private Window the Add-ons Manager and the Downloads View can be opened in several tabs. Before the New Private Window, if the Add-ons Manager or the Downloads View were already opened, when trying to open them again the focus was moved in the already opened Add-ons Manager or Downloads View tabs.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Launch Firefox
2. Enter private browsing
3. Open the Add-ons Manager: Tools menu -> click on Add-ons Manager
4. Open the Downloads View: Tools menu -> click on Downloads
5. Open the Add-ons Manager again
6. Open the Downloads View again

Expected results:
After the Add-ons Manager is open, any attempt of opening it again should switch the focus to the already opened tab (same thing for the Downloads view).

Actual results:
The Add-ons Manager and the Downloads View are opened every time in different tabs.

Comment 1

6 years ago
Why is this a problem?
This behavior is not encountered in normal browsing and neither was in the old private browsing mode.

Comment 3

6 years ago
(In reply to Simona B [QA] from comment #2)
> This behavior is not encountered in normal browsing and neither was in the
> old private browsing mode.

I understand that, but I still don't see why that is a problem!
(In reply to :Ehsan Akhgari from comment #3)
> (In reply to Simona B [QA] from comment #2)
> > This behavior is not encountered in normal browsing and neither was in the
> > old private browsing mode.
> 
> I understand that, but I still don't see why that is a problem!

It's not a big deal, we try to avoid it for user confusion issues so any way to get to it through the UI used to always go back to existing tabs. It has always been possible to open in multiple tabs though so the UI supports it. There is only once bug I can think of where the two tabs would start to show different things.

I'd say this is something that it would be nice to fix but it's not likely to happen anytime soon.
Based on what I'm reading this looks like an enhancement request and not a bug. Please reset the severity if you disagree.
Severity: normal → enhancement

Comment 6

5 years ago
It's legitimately pointing out a change in behaviour in private windows.
Severity: enhancement → normal
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