Add Downloads Button to Firefox 57 Quantum

As you may know, Firefox 57 comes with a new user interface, known as "Photon". It is intended to provide a more modern, sleek feel that’s consistent across multiple platforms. It replaced the previous "Australis" UI and features new menus, a new customization pane and tabs without rounded corners. The Downloads button is missing by default on the toolbar. Here is how to add it.
Firefox 57

Firefox 57 is a huge step forward for Mozilla. The browser comes with a new user interface, codenamed "Photon", and features a new engine "Quantum". It was a difficult move for developers, because with this release, the browser drops support for XUL-based add-ons completely! All of the classic add-ons are deprecated and incompatible, and only a few have moved to the new WebExtensions API. Some of the legacy add-ons have modern replacements or alternatives. Unfortunately, there are plenty of useful add-ons which have no modern analogs.

The Quantum engine is all about parallel page rendering and processing. It is built with a multi-process architecture for both CSS and HTML processing, which makes it more reliable and faster.

If you have installed Firefox 57, you might be interested in adding the Downloads button to the toolbar next to the address bar. Here is how.

To add the Downloads Button to Firefox 57 Quantum, do the following.

  1. Click on the hamburger menu button (the last button on the right in the toolbar).
  2. The main menu will appear. Click on Customize.
  3. The Customize mode will be enabled. The Downloads button will become visible.
  4. While in Customize mode, click on the Downloads button. A small panel with the "Auto-hide" check box will appear.
  5. Uncheck the "Auto-hide" check box to make the Downloads button visible permanently.
  6. Click "Done" to exist Customize mode. The button will remain visible.

You can hide the button at any moment by enabling the check box in the Customize mode.

That's it.

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