23 November 2020

Updating to Panic Button 4.3

Panic Button 4.3 was released on 22 September 2020. It contains a long-awaited bug fix that affected users who normally have multiple browser windows open when invoking Panic Button with the action set to Hide and Replace. The new Minimize Current Window action was also introduced.

Since then, there was a minor update that came out earlier this month, containing further improvements.

Some users may have missed the update alerts in Firefox and are still using Panic Button 4.2.1. To enjoy the benefits of new features and improvements, make sure you have the latest version of Panic Button installed and that automatic add-on updates are turned on in Add-on Manager.

If you are on an older version of this Firefox add-on and want to update to version 4.3 or newer, there is an extra step that you'll need to perform in Firefox to complete the update of Panic Button. Follow the steps described below.

How to Update Panic Button

When automatic add-on updates are turned on, Firefox will periodically check for updates to your add-ons. When it finds that an update for Panic Button is available, the Firefox menu button will have a little alert indicator.

The Firefox menu button, with an update alert indicator.

Click on it, and you'll see a yellow menu item informing you that Panic Button requires new permissions.

 Panic Button requires new permissions.

Panic Button 4.3 requires a new permission to access your browser tabs. Panic Button needs it so that it can properly restore your browser session after your windows and tabs were hidden by the Hide and Replace action.

To proceed with the update of Panic Button, you'll need to grant approval for the "Access browser tabs" permission. To do this, click on the yellow menu item, and then click Update in the update permissions popup.

Click Update to approve the new permission and proceed with the installation.

Once approval is granted, the latest version of Panic Button will finish installing into Firefox, and you're good to go!

As always, post any questions to the AE Creations Help and Support forums.

12 November 2020

Panic Button 4.3.1 released!

An update to Panic Button has been released and is now available for download from Mozilla Add-ons and the AE Creations website.

If you already have an older version of Panic Button installed, it will be upgraded for you if automatic extension updates are enabled. Otherwise, open Add-ons Manager (Tools → Add-ons), click on the entry for Panic Button in the list of installed extensions, and then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Check for Updates.

What's New

  • Updated German localization
  • Bug fix: Pinned tabs are unpinned after restoring browser session (issue #60)

Things You Should Know About

  • Panic Button 4.3 requires Firefox 78 or newer.  
  • Panic Button won't work if Firefox is set to "Never remember history" in Privacy & Security settings.

Help and Support

Questions and comments about Panic Button should be directed to the AE Creations Help and Support forums, hosted on Google Groups.


Many thanks to Crowdin contributor AlexanderS for updating the German localization of Panic Button!  If you are fluent in English and another world language and would like to help update or add a new translation, consider contributing a translation on Crowdin.