Firefox Gets New Updated UI for Options (About:Preferences) Page

UPDATE (Aug 08, 2017): Firefox's new Nightly build now comes with a new look of Preferences page as shown in following image:

New_Look_Mozilla_Firefox_Preferences.png

In the recently released Firefox's Nightly build 55.0, Mozilla has updated the UI for its Options page which can be accessed via Firefox Menu (Hamburger 3-lines button) -> Options or by typing about:preferences in address bar as shown in following screenshot:

New_Options_Preferences_Page_Mozilla_Firefox.png

Mozilla has grouped and renamed lots of previous tabs in this new updated UI of Options page. For example, in previous versions the Options or Preferences page contained following 8 tabs:

  • General
  • Search
  • Content
  • Applications
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Sync
  • Advanced

Now the new Options page contains following 4 categories/tabs only:

  • General
  • Search
  • Privacy & Security
  • Firefox Account

Mozilla has merged several options and sections present in different tabs into a single tab in this new UI. Now the new Options page looks more organized and is easy to browse.

Now let's talk about all the new tabs/sections in details!

The first "General" tab contains following sections:

  • Startup
  • Tabs
  • Fonts & Colors
  • Languages
  • Downloads
  • Applications
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM) Content
  • Nightly Updates
  • Performance
  • Browsing
  • Network Proxy

New_General_Tab_Firefox_Options_Preferences_Page.png

Second tab "Search" contains following sections:

  • Default Search Engine
  • One-click Search Engines

New_Downloads_Links_Tab_Firefox_Options_Preferences_Page.png

Third tab "Privacy & Security" contains following sections:

  • Forms & Passwords
  • History
  • Address Bar
  • Cached Web Content
  • Site Data
  • Tracking Protection
  • Permissions
  • Nightly Data Collection and Use
  • Phishing Protection
  • Certificates

New_Privacy_Security_Tab_Firefox_Options_Preferences_Page.png

Fourth tab "Firefox Account" is a renamed version of Firefox Sync feature.

New_Firefox_Account_Tab_Firefox_Options_Preferences_Page.png

So you can see many sections present in different tabs of previous Firefox versions have been merged together in new tabs in the latest Nightly build.

Mozilla will keep refining this new Options/Preferences page UI and we might see new tabs and sections in future versions.

PS: You can disable the new UI and restore old classic Preferences page using following tutorial:

[Firefox Tip] Restore Old Classic Options (About:Preferences) Page

Also Check:

[Review] The New Photon User Interface (UI) of Mozilla Firefox

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