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Turn off the “Downloads Complete” alert in Firefox.

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by November 9, 2005 Firefox, Mozilla


Some folks don’t like the pop-up notification Mozilla Firefox gives, when downloads are completed.

You can turn that off using a hidden setting. Enter about:config in the location bar.
Search for the preference
browser.download.manager.showAlertOnComplete.
Modify the value to false.

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  1. Thank you! I hate that pop up, especially when I download/open an office file, it switches back from the app to Firefox, very annoying.

  2. Thanks Chris!

  3. I was able to turn off the downloads complete alert but when I open an office file, the browser window is the active window and the office file is in the background causing user to have to click on the task bar to view the document. Is there another setting that will make the office document active and the browser stay in the background. I am using Foxfire v1.5.

  4. Hey, that’s pretty cool ‘about:config’ who knew. Thanks.

  5. Thanks Chris!

  6. Brilliant bit of advice – that thing gets on my nerves – thanks a lot ­čÖé

  7. thanks, that little bugger annoyed the hell out of me

  8. Never noticed it till I started downloading a bunch of stuff. It drove me crazy!!!! Thank you!

  9. Thanks! I use ObjectDock at the bottom of my screen and Firefox goes CPU crazy when that notification pops up.

  10. Thanks!

    As firefoxy said so well “that little bugger annoyed the hell out of me”. Nice to have the “Downloads complete” box gone. I regularly use the active icons in the notification area (aka “system tray”) of the task bar. And that annoying download completion box would take its good time strolling on screen, and covering up the entire notification area for 10+ seconds.

    That about:config is wonderful, I hadn’t seen that before.

  11. Thanks for the tip Chris! This thing annoyed me to death when I was downloading multiple images in a row.

  12. Thanks bro, you’re amazing.

  13. OOOOOOOOOh yeah, thank u very much! I always looked in the options for a way to switch that notification off, cos when you do multiple dnloads it pops up repeatedly to say all downloads complete after each one completes (not when they all finish! and this slows my realplayer from starting and me from viewing my porn!! haha) I knew the “about:config” thingy was there now I know why its there was afraid to mess with it(cos I’m a scardey cat) but I will defo do this change right now and take a look at what else about:config can do!

  14. Not sure about this, but judging by the option name, browser.download.manager.showAlertInterval allows you to set how long the notice appears. It appears to be measured in milliseconds.

  15. Thanks Chris, this is amazing. Ive asked quite a number of people about “turning off those damn useless notifications” , and to no avail. I also checked everywhere I could in Firefox, and couldnt find anything. I was going to send Firefox an email, but I know no one would read it- in spite of the fact that everyone wants “feedback”!

    This tip is an absolute gem !!

  16. Cant find browser.download.manager.showAlertOnComplete. please help, do you know how to turn off download manager too? thanks in advance.

  17. Thank you very much!

  18. Thank you very much!

  19. Thank you. It worked. Here is my tribute – I made a screenshot and uploaded it to ImageSnack (the “Website” link above). Hope it helps too. ->O

  20. Thank you that was annoying the piss out of me. I have over 200 bmps and gifs to download into this new computer as my old one died and having that damn thing show up every time was causing lag!

  21. thanks ­čÖé annoyed me today ^^

  22. Thank you very much for that; it was a little annoying! This has made downloading much more enjoyable ;0] Thank you once again.

  23. Thank you very much!

  24. thanks a lot! that alert is SO annoying.

  25. Fantastic!! Why can’t they have this as a check box option it seems to annoy just about everyone I know.

  26. thank you! this is beautiful!

  27. Thanks for the tip! Although I have to admit, I worked it in reverse. My friend had the little pop up box but I didn’t — and I ***wanted*** it (takes all kinds, huh?).

  28. Muchas Gracias!!!, No deseaba esta notificaci├â┬│n (”,)