Disable CTRL+Q in Firefox without keyconfig extension

How do I disable the Ctrl + Q shortcut in Firefox without using the keyconfig extension?

Asked By: Lesmana


There is now an extension just for that:


2020 update:

The original extension has now disappeared from the addons store. Similar addons (see comments) have come and gone. One of the last remaining extensions (link) does not work on Linux due to: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1325692

Answered By: Marco Leogrande

You should obtain a similar result, easier, enabling the hidden config option (about:config).

  1. In Firefox’s address bar, type about:config and accept the
    warning that it will give. Now it appears in front of you a long
    list of config options. Filter it typing the keyword quit in
    the filter bar (up top). After that the filter acts you will have
    only few lines. Click on browser.showQuitWarning and set it
    true by clicking on it.

  2. You can use this filter again with the keyword warnon and see if
    the options “warn when close tabs” and similar are set to true.

  3. In the Firefox’s Options/Preferences (or Edit/preferences it depends from system and version), go
    to the Tabs section and check the option “Warn me when
    closing multiple tabs”.
    This will prevent you to close a window with
    multiple tab.

You will not completely disable CtrlQ but at least you will make it harmless.

Answered By: Hastur

You can just add a custom shortcut for Ctrl + Q. In Ubuntu it is available directly in settings(How to). It will be captured by the OS and hence no app including Firefox would detect it.

P.S. I have mapped it to play an ‘Oops’ sound.

Step 1. Install sox package & its mp3 support library-

sudo apt-get install sox libsox-fmt-all

Step 2. Add the following line in the custom shortcut prompt-

play ~/Music/Oops.mp3

P.S. For windows users: you can use AutoHotKey. It has inbuilt function to play a beep sound. Use it in the script like this-

    SoundBeep, 1000, 500

The ‘^’ above stands for Ctrl

Answered By: Udayraj Deshmukh

Ctrl + Q isn’t a Firefox specific shortcut, it’s system wide on Ubuntu if you don’t mind disabling it everywhere follow this answer.
Basically, you create a new shortcut and assign /bin/false as command.

No restarting is needed.

Answered By: Marwan Nabil

Since Firefox 87 you can just set browser.quitShortcut.disabled to true in about:config. If this preference is not present, just create a new boolean preference with this name and set it to true.

Relevant bug: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=52821

Answered By: user31389

On Ubuntu: Hide window instead

In your global Ubuntu-Settings: settings->keyboard shortcuts change the setting for "hide Window" to CTRL+Q

Answered By: rubo77
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