in search of ponies
January 21st, 2011 by rstrong
As of Firefox 4.0 Beta 10 you can hold down the shift key while launching Firefox on Windows to start in safe mode. Also, the Windows shortcut to launch Firefox in safe mode and the start menu directory have been removed. For those wondering why these changes have been made, Alex Faaborg provides several good reasons to remove the safe mode shortcut in Bug 542122 comment 1. Now that there is only one Firefox shortcut in the start menu we decided to remove the directory and instead have a single shortcut for Firefox in the root of the start menu programs directory. Regretfully, there was a bug in the patch that caused the new shortcut to not be created automatically on update for nightly users (Bug 627848) which has been fixed for Firefox Beta 10. The simplest way to fix this with a nightly build is to just reinstall the latest nightly.
Bugs associated with these changes:
Bug 542122 [Firefox] – Add menu command to restart in safe mode [Windows]
Bug 602562 [Toolkit] – Add keyboard modifier to start in safe mode for windows [Windows]
Bug 598779 [Firefox] – Remove start menu directory and safe mode shortcut creation [Windows]
Bug 627848 [Firefox] – Start menu shortcut isn’t migrated as implemented in bug 598779 [Windows]