Stop and Reload buttons merged in Firefox

In: Browsers|Mozilla

14 Jan 2010

A minor UI improvement to Firefox has been made to Firefox and it’s currently only available on nightly builds of Firefox: the Stop and Reload buttons have been merged into a single button. This change should make it into Firefox 3.6.

While a page is loading, the button acts as a Stop button:

When it’s done loading, it becomes a Reload button.

I’m always up for 1 less unnecessary button. I think this feature is copied from Safari (I might be wrong).

8 Responses to Stop and Reload buttons merged in Firefox


Andy Croll

January 14th, 2010 at 6pm

It is but the stop/reload is in the url field. Like on the iPhone.


Chu Yeow

January 14th, 2010 at 6pm

Yup yup. I think Safari 3 or 2 was the one with the button.


Tore Darell

January 14th, 2010 at 9pm

Opera had this when I used it some 5 years ago too.


Rodrigo Rosenfeld Rosas

January 14th, 2010 at 10pm

I don’t know when this was introduced in Safari, but I can’t remember of a Opera version in which these buttons are distincts (I use Opera as my main browser since 5.12).


Bernie Zimmermann

January 15th, 2010 at 1am

I’d be surprised if this feature makes it into Firefox 3.6, actually. That version is in release candidate stage and very close to release:

Since this was only very recently checked in to the trunk:

I’d say it’s highly likely this won’t show up until Firefox 3.7.


Sam Nardoni

January 15th, 2010 at 3am

Yeah, Safari does this. I prefer the placement in safari too (right-aligned in the URL bar).


Joe Clark

January 16th, 2010 at 9pm

And it isn’t a good idea. When your computer is slow and/or the page is loading slowly and/or the program is slow and you want to abort the page load, clicking the stop button can have no visible effect. So you click it again, thereby queuing up a command to reload the page.

Only to a nerd with a perfect system on a T1 (i.e., to Mr. Spock) are stop and reload two sides of the same coin.


Sharron Clemons

December 22nd, 2010 at 4am

Opera had this when I used it some 5 years ago too.

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