Manage your extensions using the extensions button in the toolbar

The extensions button and panel introduced in Firefox version 109 lets you access, remove, report and manage your extensions and their permissions, directly from the toolbar. This article describes this new feature and answers some common questions.

Fx109ExtensionsButton-Panel

Manage extensions

Click the jigsaw puzzle Fx109ExtensionsButton icon in the toolbar to open the extensions panel. Each extension in the panel has a menu button with a gear Fx91GearIcon icon. You can use the menu button to manage these extensions.
Note: Extensions pinned to the toolbar and disabled extensions do not appear in this panel.
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  • Pin to Toolbar: pins the extension to the Firefox toolbar (this option may not be available for certain extensions, such as search engine add-ons).
  • Manage Extension: opens the Add-ons Manager where you can manage extension settings.
  • Remove Extension: uninstalls the extension from Firefox.
  • Report Extension: reports the extension to Mozilla.

Click Manage extensions at the bottom of the panel to open the Add-ons Manager, where you can view, enable, disable, remove and manage all of your installed extensions.

Manage pinned extensions

Extensions pinned to the toolbar can be managed from the context menu. Right-clickHold down the control key while you click the pinned extension in the toolbar to view the available options.

Fx109PinnedExtension-ContextMenu

You can unpin an extension from the toolbar and restore it to the extensions panel by removing the check mark from the Pin to Toolbar option. Pinned extensions can also be moved to a different position on the toolbar using the Customize Toolbar… option.

Website permissions

The following applies to permission notifications and managing permissions for Manifest V3 (MV3) extensions, the new standard in Firefox extensions.

Permission notifications

After installing an extension, if you navigate to a website that requires permissions for the extension to work, the extensions button will display a notification dot. If the extension is already pinned in the toolbar, the notification dot will appear below the extension icon.
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When the extension needs access to the current page, a notification dot also appears under the extension icon in the panel:
extensionsNotificationDot

When the extension already has access (or does not need any) and it opens a panel as part of its functionality, this panel is anchored to the extensions button:
unifiedExtensionsRelay

Manage extension permissions

  1. Click the extensions button in the toolbar.
  2. Locate the extension with the green notification dot in the panel.
    unifiedExtensionsDot
  3. Click the menu button (gear icon) to manage its permissions.
  4. Select the permissions you wish to grant to the extension.
    allowPermissionsUnifiedExtensions

Common questions

Why is my extension not shown when I click the extensions button?

Only extensions that are enabled will appear in the extensions panel. Extensions that are pinned to the toolbar are also not shown.

Why is the panel not shown when I click the extensions button?

If no extensions are installed or if all extensions are either disabled or pinned to the toolbar, the extensions panel is not shown. Instead, the Add-ons Manager Personalize Your Firefox page will open in a new tab.

I clicked an extension from the panel but nothing happens – What can I do?

Some extensions (such as search engine add-ons) don't have a browser action button so clicking the extension from the panel does nothing. However, this may also be caused by a bug in the extension. To report this, you’ll need to contact the extension developer directly through the page you installed the extension from at addons.mozilla.org.

Can I remove the extensions button from the toolbar or customize its location?

No, it is currently not possible to remove this button or change its location. This is by design. The extensions toolbar button is now the primary user interface and allows access to per-site permissions for MV3 extensions. (Modifying the advanced preference to disable this new feature is not supported and may prevent full use of some add-ons.)

If you feel strongly about needing to move the button, you can join in and vote on the following Ideas thread on the Mozilla Connect feedback site, where users can propose changes for future versions of Firefox: Please let us move the new extensions button into the overflow menu.

Related links

If you are developing Manifest V3 (MV3) extensions or want to learn more, see:

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