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If I start private browsing, Firefox quits normal Firefox instance and switches to Private browsing.

So is there any way to stop firefox from starting private browsing without closing the normal Firefox instance running?

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I haven't been able to find a way to do this. However, Chrome/Chromium does this by default, so if this behavior is vital, you could try out Chrome... – adempewolff Jun 3 '12 at 4:17
@Ashu Thanks for the corrections :) – Raja Jun 3 '12 at 4:30
@adempewolff Yeah i know chrome can do this but i actually use firefox as my first browser . so i want that feature in firefox . Thank you :) – Raja Jun 3 '12 at 4:31
Seems I read that this is being worked on. – Marty Fried Jun 3 '12 at 5:00
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No, the way Private Browsing works by default is that it closes all tabs, saves them & switches to Private Browsing mode. An alternative would be to create a new profile & launch Firefox with that profile and switch to private browsing mode in that profile. That way, you can have both windows.

There used to an add-on which made both normal & private browsing possible, but this addon has been disabled now.

FWIW There's a bug report on this, you can follow it if you like.

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@Satya , Thanks for the info brother .i will wait some more time . – Raja Jun 3 '12 at 4:37
you're welcome @Raja. – Sathya Jun 3 '12 at 4:51

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