How to Try Out the Upcoming Firefox Redesign Right Now

Later this year, Mozilla will update the Firefox desktop design with the new Proton interface. The visual renovation is expected to include:

  • Optimized hamburger menu: Mozilla will remove the icons and make the menu completely textual. Some parameters will also be renamed, merged or completely removed.
  • Personalized New Tab Page: You can change the look and layout of the new tab page, including the number of links, recommendations, and new snippets displayed.
  • Information and notification bar changes: Firefox notifications will have a brighter color for more engaging messages.

These are the main changes that we know about based on preliminary observations and leaks ; The final design of Firefox 89 Proton may include even more tweaks and updates. The redesign is starting in May, but you can see it ahead of time by installing Firefox Beta, Nightly, or Dev build and enabling the new interface changes in Experimental Browser Settings.

Enable Proton early on in Firefox Beta, Nightly, or Dev.

  1. Download and open Firefox Beta, Nightly or Dev .
  2. Go to about: config in a new tab.
  3. Click “Accept Risk and Continue”.
  4. Find ” browser.proton.enable”
  5. Click the arrow icon to enable the setting.
  6. Restart Firefox for the changes to take effect.

After you enable the browser.proton setting, enable them in the same way:

  • New protons tabs: browser.proton.tabs.enabled
  • New hamburger menu: browser.proton.appmenu.enabled
  • New new tab: browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.newNewtabExperience.enabled

If asked to add any of these settings, select boolean, then press + to add the setting, then the arrow to enable and restart the browser.

All available Proton interface elements appear after restarting Firefox. Some users may not immediately see every new interface change, so keep checking back in the coming weeks to see if Mozilla is releasing anything new for you.

Enabling the Firefox Proton interface early in the stable release

While Firefox pre-builds have the most pre-enablement options, the stable release can also give you a preview of the Proton interface:

  1. Open Firefox and go to about: config
  2. Click “Accept Risk and Continue”.
  3. Use the search bar to find browser.proton.enable
  4. Click the arrow icon to set the value to “true”.
  5. Restart Firefox.

In the stable version, new items will not appear immediately; changes must be allowed on the server side. This way, you will receive any early updates as soon as they are officially available.


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