Opened 2 years ago

Closed 2 years ago

Last modified 18 months ago

#27499 closed enhancement (wontfix)

re-add 'New Identity' and 'New Tor Circuit' options to the onion menu

Reported by: pabs Owned by: tbb-team
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Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
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With the switch from XUL to WebExtensions for Tor Browser, the 'New Identity' and 'New Tor Circuit' menu items have moved from the Tor/onion menu to the hamburger menu. The old design made more sense because the Tor-specific menu items were all grouped into one menu easily accessible under one button. There doesn't appear to be a way to customise menus in Firefox or Tor Browser, so it would be nice to either move them back or add copies of them on the onion menu.

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comment:1 Changed 2 years ago by gk

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

FWIW: Torbutton is still a XPCOM extension (as is Tor Launcher). That said, the plan is to get rid of Torbutton at some point in the near future and integrate the remaining functionality in the browser itself. Doing so for the items you mentioned is a step further in that direction.

In particular the "New Tor Circuit" item has not only move into the hamburger menu but into the site identity button (left of the URL bar) where it belongs way better than the onion menu as it is a *site-related* functionality (together with the circuit display). The hamburger menu is just another option how to trigger a new circuit.

The same will actually be the case with the "New Identity" option. We'll very likely expose a button on the toolbar soon for that to make it easier available (with the hamburger menu being a fallback as well). That's planned for our work on redesigning our security controls (#25658).

So, the ticket as it got filed is a WONTFIX.

comment:2 Changed 2 years ago by pabs

Agreed re the new circuit button.

Adding the new identity functionality in a button would also satisfy this request; the feature is something commonly used by TBB users so making it more prominent was what the request was about.

I am not sure how useful it is to have both of these things also duplicated on the hamburger menu.

comment:3 Changed 2 years ago by LabraTor

I wish you would have exposed the "New Identity" button in the toolbar first before moving it to the hamburger menu.

Would it be possible to make it available via "Customize..." so that I can place it where it suites me or would that compromise anonymity?

comment:4 Changed 2 years ago by gk

I agree with you that removing the "New Identity" button from the onion menu at this point was a mistake, especially without guidance for our users on how to find it. We corrected that in #27663 which is included in the upcoming 8.0.1 and 8.5a2 release.

Once the button is on the toolbar, yes, you can use the customization option to move it where you want to have it. Right now that's not possible, though.

comment:5 Changed 2 years ago by pabs

Resolution: wontfix
Status: closedreopened

comment:6 Changed 2 years ago by pabs

Since this got fixed, it shouldn't be wontfix anymore, can you close it as fixed again?

comment:7 Changed 2 years ago by gk

Resolution: wontfix
Status: reopenedclosed

Let's use #27663 for readding new identity and this as wontfix for the new circuit button. :)

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