Quickly hide all browser windows with a click of a button
Don't want the boss to catch you surfing the Web on company time? Don't want your teacher, classmates, roommate or significant other to see the Web sites you're viewing? With Panic Button, a single click of a toolbar button will quickly hide all Firefox windows – bring them back by clicking a button on the Restore Session toolbar.
After installing Panic Button, the Panic Button toolbar button will be automatically added to the browser toolbar, if it is not there already.
- Configurable Panic Button action. You can choose one of the following: Hide All Windows (the fastest option; a Restore Session toolbar appears after all Firefox app windows close so that you can bring back the browser windows later), Minimize All Windows (slowest option – but all windows, including ancillary app windows like Help, View Source, Bookmarks/Places, etc. can be restored), Quit (close all windows and quit Firefox), or Hide and Replace (hides all browser windows and replaces them with a browser window displaying a web page at a specific URL; click on the Panic Button again to restore the browser session).
- You can set the Panic Button toolbar button caption and image. There are 20 toolbar button images to choose from. An image file on your computer can also be used.
- Press F9 (Command+F9 on the Macintosh) to invoke the Panic Button action; this shortcut key can be disabled.
Hint: The configuration settings described above can be changed in the extension options (Tools → Add-ons from the Firefox browser window, select Panic Button in the list of extensions and click Options).
Supported languages: English (United States), Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, French, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, Swedish.
- The Panic Button action option to hide all windows doesn't work if a system native file picker dialog box (Open, Save As) is open in any of the browser windows at the time the Panic Button action is invoked (bug 18629). This bug doesn't occur on Firefox 3.
- Any preferences in the extension options dialog that are set will be applied to all browser windows that are open after clicking OK, except for the option "F9 key invokes Panic Button action". Changes to this option will take effect in new browser windows only or when exiting and restarting Firefox. (On Mac OS X, the option will be labeled "Command+F9 key invokes Panic Button action.")
Things You Should Know About
- Any downloads in progress will continue in the background if clicking the Panic Button to hide or minimize all windows. If Quit was selected in extension preferences as the Panic Button action, downloads in progress will be canceled.
- The "Hide All Windows" and "Hide and Replace" actions may not work if the session restore feature in Firefox is disabled.
- Version 1.5.2
- - Compatible with Firefox 20 and newer. Fixed missing toolbar icon issue that was present in Firefox 20 beta releases
- - Bug fix: Restore Session toolbar shows black-colored space below the toolbar content on Mac OS X
- Version 1.5.1
- - After installing Panic Button, the Panic Button toolbar button will be automatically added to the browser toolbar, if it is not there already
- - Bug fix: Missing title bar grippy for the Restore Session toolbar on Linux (bug 25171)
- - Styling improvements to the Restore Session toolbar icons, mainly for Mac users; the toolbar icons now provide visual feedback when they are being clicked on
- Version 1.5
- - New Panic Button action: "Hide and Replace." This hides all browser windows and replaces them with a browser window displaying a web page at a specific URL
- - Enhanced extension preferences dialog with descriptions of each Panic Button action
- - Fixed Panic Button toolbar icon image so that it appears in the correct size in Firefox 4 and newer on Windows and Mac
- - Miscellaneous behind-the-scenes cleanup
- Version 1.1.6
- - Bug fix: Custom toolbar button icon image not updated after adding the Panic Button toolbar button to a browser toolbar (bug 24258)
- Version 1.1.5
- - Bug fix: Panic Button toolbar button label defaults to a blank value (bug 24216)
- Version 1.1.4
- - Bug fix: Restore Bar title bar not appearing correctly on Mac OS X
- - Added Swedish translation
- Version 1.1.3
- - Compatible with Firefox 4.0 beta 6
- Version 1.1.2
- - Compatible with Firefox 3.1 beta 2
- - Added Danish, Polish, Slovak and Ukrainian translations
- Version 1.1.1
- - Bug fix: Customizations to the Panic Button toolbar button image and label aren't automatically applied when adding the toolbar button to the Firefox window (bug 18954)
- Version 1.1
- - New option in the extension preferences dialog (Customize tab) to choose an image file on your computer as the Panic Button toolbar button image
- - Bug fix: Clicking OK in the extension preferences dialog didn't close the dialog box if the Panic Button toolbar button wasn't added to the browser toolbar (bug 19774)
- - Other minor improvements
- Version 1.0
- - Added more toolbar button icon images, increasing the icon choices to 20
- - Added support for several non-English locales
- Version 0.9.3
- - Improved default toolbar button icon
- - Bug fix: Mac OS X - Extension preferences dialog is totally blank (bug 19025)
- - Bug fix: Mac OS X - Restore Session toolbar doesn't work (bug 19026)
- - Bug fix: Mac OS X - Quit action doesn't quit (bug 19027)
- - Bug fix: Mac OS X - F9 key conflict with Exposé (bug 19024)
- - Bug fix: Linux - Extension preferences dialog is missing an OK button (bug 19051)
- Version 0.9.2
- - First public beta release on AE Creations