How to Stop Firefox Going Into “Work Offline” Mode

Firefox has an irritating habit of switching into “Work Offline” mode if it detects that the Internet connection drops. If you’re working somewhere with dodgy Wi-Fi, it can mean constantly having to go the “File” menu to disable it. The good news is that there’s a new option available in Firefox 3.6 and above that you can use to prevent the browser from automatically switching into “Work Offline” mode.

To set the option, type about:config in the browser’s address bar. Then right-click anywhere in the window, and click New->Boolean. The preference name needs to be entered as network.manage-offline-status. Set its value as false. If that all sounds a bit complex, here’s a short screencast showing all of the steps:


Note that setting this option just prevents Firefox from entering Work Offline mode automatically; you can still set it manually via the “File” menu.

(via Ghacks)

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