How to Remove What's New Gift Box Icon From Firefox Toolbar and Menu
Starting in Firefox 70, the browser shows a new icon in the toolbar and in the main menu. Named simply 'What's new', it has a gift box icon and opens a pane that contains a brief overview of the key changes included to the current release of the browser. If you are not happy to see it, it can be quickly disabled.
Firefox 70 is yet another release of the Quantum engine-powered browser. Since 2017, Firefox has the Quantum engine which comes with a refined user interface, codenamed "Photon". The browser doesn't include support for XUL-based add-ons any more, so all of the classic add-ons are deprecated and incompatible. See
Thanks to the changes made to the engine and the UI, the browser is amazingly fast. The user interface of Firefox became more responsive and it also starts up noticeably faster. The engine renders web pages much faster than it ever did in the Gecko era.
What's New Gift Box Icon
The main menu of Firefox 70+ includes a What's new item that unveils the key changes in the release. It has a gift box icon, which also appears in the address bar. Once you click it, it opens a welcome page with the release details.
To Remove What's New Gift Box Icon From Firefox Toolbar and Menu,
- Open Firefox.
- In a new tab, type
about:configin the address bar.
- Click I accept the risk.
- In the search box, type
- Switch the parameter
browser.messaging-system.whatsNewPanel.enabledto False by double-clicking on it.
You are done!
The gift box icon will disappear from both the main menu and the toolbar of the Mozilla Firefox browser.
You can undo the change at any moment of time by opening the about:config page, and setting the browser.messaging-system.whatsNewPanel.enabled value back to true.
You might be interested in learning that version 70 of Mozilla Firefox comes with a new icon, new privacy and safety features, adds better system dark theme support, and more.
Also, you can re-enable the green HTTPS icon (pad lock) which is disable by default starting in Firefox 70.