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So how do I REALLY get the toolbar buttons to just show icons (and not text)?

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On my Bookmarks toolbar, my bookmarks "buttons" show icon AND text. I just want to show icon, not text. When I go right-click.....customize, the window "customize toolbars" opens. Down in the bottom left corner the "show" option dropdown is already set to "icons" (and only icons). But it's just not so. The toolbar buttons show icons AND text. If I cycle through that dropdown just for kicks, it doesn't change; I can choose "icons (only)" all day long, but the toolbar buttons still show text.

On my Bookmarks toolbar, my bookmarks "buttons" show icon AND text. I just want to show icon, not text. When I go right-click.....customize, the window "customize toolbars" opens. Down in the bottom left corner the "show" option dropdown is already set to "icons" (and only icons). But it's just not so. The toolbar buttons show icons AND text. If I cycle through that dropdown just for kicks, it doesn't change; I can choose "icons (only)" all day long, but the toolbar buttons still show text.

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Hello dotdot, try the next, right-click on a bookmark and select Properties, then clear the name of the bookmark and save it.


thank you

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Hello dotdot, try the next, right-click on a bookmark and select Properties, then clear the name of the bookmark and save it.


thank you

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Icons [only] doesn't apply to bookmarks, the Bookmarks Toolbar Items part of the Bookmarks Toolbar doesn't work the same as the rest of the Bookmarks Toolbar or the same as the other Toolbars, You need to do the work-around that ideato mentioned.

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Either of the following Add-ons allow you to show icons only and/or to have multiple rows on the Bookmarks Toolbar. Set the options on either after installation.




Other - Check your Plugins and update as needed.

  1. Check your Plugins - https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/
  2. Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.6.4.634 (this old version has security issues)
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I like the multirow, OldFox, thanks for the tip. I'd already deleted the text from most of my "buttons" when your solution came in. Too bad for me. Had I known about multirow first, I'd not have deleted some of the text/names. The autohide of multirow is really nice, and better - I think - than simply adding more toolbars per Firefox' standard "add new toolbar" routine. Thanks.

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Thanks Ideato. I already knew how to do this "delete-one-button-at-a-time" routine. I had hoped there was a more streamlined way such as the one offered by that other popular browser by that other software company. Especially since one opens up that customize window and there's a setting there that leads one to believe that it should work.

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You can also do this with code in the userChrome.css file below the default @namespace line.

The customization files userChrome.css (interface) and userContent.css (websites) are located in the chrome folder in the user profile folder.


@namespace url("http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul"); /* only needed once */

#personal-bookmarks .bookmark-item > .toolbarbutton-text { display:none !important; }
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In addition to cor-el's solution, if you do not have the userChrome.css file, you can create it yourself.

Open a new text file in notepad or similar program, paste the code in cor-el's post, and save the file as userChrome.css in a folder called "chrome" in your profile folder.

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Make sure that you select "All files" when saving the file in Notepad.
If you save the file as a Text file then a (possibly hidden) .txt file extension can be added.