How to enable ‘Save and Quit’ option in Firefox 4

by Mayur on March 23, 2011

in How To's

If you’ve recently updated to Firefox 4, then you must have noticed a new design and some new features. But there’s one very handy feature ‘Save and Exit’ which is missing in Firefox 4, but was available in previous versions of Firefox browser. However, there is a quick and easy way to get back this option, which restores all the tabs opened in the browser on re-opening Firefox 4.

To Enable ‘Save and Quit’ feature in Firefox 4, just type about:config in the address bar and open it. Enter browser.showQuitWarning in the Filter tab. Double-click the entry named browser.showQuitWarning so that its value changes to ‘true’. That’s it!

about:config_firefox 4

Now you’ll be presented with ‘Quit Firefox’ dialog box on closing Firefox 4. :)

save and quit_firefox

Thanks @rish404 for the tip.

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Rahul March 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

Nice One


Mik March 24, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Thank you!


lou dobbs March 26, 2011 at 2:43 am

Thanks mate.


Yogesh Patel March 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I think this feature is now available in Firefox 4 without any extra procedure to enable it.


woowoo March 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Brilliant! You wouldn’t know how to get the “refresh,” “stop” and “go” buttons back, would you?



Mayur March 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Thanks. FYI, all the 3 buttons “refresh,” “stop” and “go” are still present in Firefox 4 but at a different position. You can locate them at the end of address bar (close to left side of search box). :)


tom March 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I went thru the steps, it is set to TRUE, but i do not get the SAVE AND QUIT option, only the “sure you want to close multiple tabs” warning.


Mayur March 27, 2011 at 12:18 am

That’s strange. Are you using the final version of Firefox 4?


tom March 27, 2011 at 1:32 am

i think so, got it from CNET the other day…how can i tell?


tom March 27, 2011 at 1:47 am

i also just saw a Mozilla support entry which shows four possible re-sets that need to be adjusted.
all of mine indicate TRUE but i still have the issue


Bellstrom March 30, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I think I may know the problem. Go into the Options and set “When Firefox starts:” to Show my home page or Show a blank page. Then it should work correctly.


Rakesh Kumar March 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Easy to understand! Thanks


Eric April 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Thank you! Thought I was losing it when it wasn’t prompting. Wonder why they disabled it.


arjunvarma April 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm

really nice one


Jeffrey April 28, 2011 at 8:03 am

I did that and it worked for a while. Now it’s back to the way it used to be and it still says “true”


gina May 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Hi, it didn’t work for me either, so I went into Options as Belstrom advised, and I also noticed that among the “When Firefox Starts..” options, there is an option to load your previous tabs/web pages on opening Firefox. So I clicked on that and closed my browser. This time there was no Close Tabs warning at all..however, when I reopened Firefox, it automatically opened my previous tabs! So this should work for everyone :)


Shiva May 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Thanks a lot.. was frustated of not having save and quit option..


Kundan Bhardwaj July 1, 2012 at 9:08 am

Bravo man , this is what I was looking for , I remembered that we need to go to config but was missing the touch, thanks mate.


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