29 Responses

  1. Anonymous November 29, 2005 / 12:43 am

    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. Anonymous December 20, 2005 / 9:20 am

    Thanks Chris!

  3. Anonymous January 31, 2006 / 10:26 am

    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. Greg February 14, 2006 / 2:50 am

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

  5. Anonymous February 27, 2006 / 12:36 pm

    Thanks Chris!

  6. anonymous August 23, 2006 / 2:16 pm

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

  7. firefoxy November 6, 2006 / 5:25 pm

    thanks, that little bugger annoyed the hell out of me

  8. Svetlozar March 3, 2007 / 7:31 pm

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

  9. Jan May 23, 2007 / 8:54 pm

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

  10. darren r. February 22, 2008 / 11:31 pm


    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. Anonymous February 26, 2008 / 11:36 pm

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

  12. Nick April 29, 2008 / 9:20 pm

    Thanks bro, you’re amazing.

  13. ABC May 13, 2008 / 6:14 pm

    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. DavidJCobb June 4, 2008 / 4:53 pm

    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. douglas maenpaa August 4, 2008 / 9:36 am

    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. Balboa August 4, 2008 / 10:06 pm

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

  17. Its Me August 28, 2008 / 1:59 pm

    Thank you very much!

  18. Its Me August 28, 2008 / 1:59 pm

    Thank you very much!

  19. Allium Cepa September 11, 2008 / 5:55 am

    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. darkocean December 9, 2008 / 7:25 pm

    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. jasper March 15, 2009 / 11:55 am

    thanks ­čÖé annoyed me today ^^

  22. Ducky May 22, 2009 / 5:06 pm

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

  23. Davide June 9, 2009 / 6:02 pm

    Thank you very much!

  24. zoster June 13, 2009 / 10:03 pm

    thanks a lot! that alert is SO annoying.

  25. dean July 31, 2009 / 4:38 pm

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

  26. Anonymous August 31, 2009 / 1:42 am

    thank you! this is beautiful!

  27. Barbara September 13, 2009 / 4:53 am

    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. Ernesto November 5, 2009 / 11:42 am

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

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