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

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.


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

20 Responses

  1. lou dobbs says:

    Thanks mate.

  2. Yogesh Patel says:

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

  3. woowoo says:

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


    • Mayur says:

      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). 🙂

  4. tom says:

    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.

  5. tom says:

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

  6. tom says:

    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 says:

      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.

  7. Easy to understand! Thanks

  8. Eric says:

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

  9. arjunvarma says:

    really nice one

  10. Jeffrey says:

    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”

  11. gina says:

    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 🙂

  12. Shiva says:

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

  13. 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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