Fixing Firefox

Mikey 4 comments
Fixing Firefox

You've decided to jump in and see what all the fuss is about, but something isn't right. I couldn't agree more. I would have thought Mozilla to have fixed this little annoyance with the release of Firefox 3 but they haven't.

This little annoyance I speak of is the one major complaint I have had from people who tried Firefox and then later told me they dropped it because they couldn't work out how to easily show bookmarks, show history, and open new tabs.

Sure these are all accessible in the main menu, but there's nothing like the convenience of having buttons - you know - like every other web browser in the world. This is an incredibly basic expectation and people should not have to do research to find buttons that should already be there.

So because Mozilla are still under the misguided assumption that common buttons should be hidden away from average Joe, I am going to show you how to put them back on the toolbar where they belong.

Opening Firefox for the first time you will see this vanilla assortment of buttons, back, forward, refresh, stop and home.


To add more buttons to the toolbar, here's how.

Right click somewhere near the 'Help' menu and select 'Customise'. A pallet of icons will appear:


Now one at a time, drag the buttons you want into the Firefox toolbar. You can put them where ever you want and even add spaces or separators if you desire. If it helps you can even choose to show icons and text and even use smaller icons, and maybe end up with something like this:


Much better? I thought so too. If you want to remove buttons simply bring up the pallet of icons again and drag the from your toolbar back into the pallet. Too easy.

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The Movie Whore

Saturday 21st June 2008 | 10:29 AM

My friend you consider changing your name to The Firefox Whore. haha

Seriously though you are pulling out some great features and doing a great job showing morons like me how to get the most out of this superior browser.

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Saturday 21st June 2008 | 11:26 AM

The way I open new tabs is to double click in an empty space next to a tab already open. But you are on the money 'cause I had to go find out how to do that but having a button would have been better.

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Gina Squitieri

Saturday 21st June 2008 | 12:57 PM

Nice job on the "how to" Michael. You're the WB!

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Saturday 21st June 2008 | 03:46 PM

I can't believe they were hidden all along. Thanks a heap.

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