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How to set up Firefox so tabs are on the bottom line of the tool bar.

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I'm using Firefox 16.0.1. Currently the tabs for the Firefox windows are on the toolbar line just below the "File/Edit/.../Tools/Help" tool bar. Using the Customize function, how do I set up Firefox so that tabs for the Firefox windows are on the bottom line of the tool bars?

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Beginning in Firefox 16 (or 15, maybe), the previous method of right-click in a toolbar area and de-selecting "Tabs on Top" has been removed by the developers. That option now appears only when tabs are not on top. As soon a you select the item "Tabs On Top" to move the tabs to the top, the item disappears from the right-click menu. I do not know the developer's reasoning for changing the way in which that option works. In my opinion, an easier way for users would be a check box in Options > Tabs for "Tabs on Top".

Beginning in Firefox 16 (or 15, maybe), to move the tabs to the bottom of the toolbar area (not "On Top"), you must edit a preference using about:config.

  • Info on about:config and using it - http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config
  • To change the option so that tabs are not on top, find the preference browser.tabs.onTop using about:config, then double click that preference, or right-click then choose Toggle, to change the value to false. (true=Tabs on Top; false=tabs not on top)
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Beginning in Firefox 16 (or 15, maybe), the previous method of right-click in a toolbar area and de-selecting "Tabs on Top" has been removed by the developers. That option now appears only when tabs are not on top. As soon a you select the item "Tabs On Top" to move the tabs to the top, the item disappears from the right-click menu. I do not know the developer's reasoning for changing the way in which that option works. In my opinion, an easier way for users would be a check box in Options > Tabs for "Tabs on Top".

Beginning in Firefox 16 (or 15, maybe), to move the tabs to the bottom of the toolbar area (not "On Top"), you must edit a preference using about:config.

  • Info on about:config and using it - http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config
  • To change the option so that tabs are not on top, find the preference browser.tabs.onTop using about:config, then double click that preference, or right-click then choose Toggle, to change the value to false. (true=Tabs on Top; false=tabs not on top)

Modified by TheOldFox

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Well this did work but it took me a long time to figure out how to apply the information. Too bad the developers made this much harder in Foxfire 16.

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You can submit feedback to the developers by using Help > Submit Feedback on the Firefox menu. You will not get a response and you have a limited number of characters input.

I have already submitted a suggestion to place a check box on the Options > Tab panel for "Tabs On Top" to make the selection/de-selection of that option easier for users. The more feedback they get, the more likely someone will pay attention, so I encourage you to post your feedback

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Some reading (please do not comment in bug reports)

  • bug 755646 - Hide UI for toggling tabs on top unless the user disabled tabs on top
  • bug 755593 - Remove tabs-on-bottom mode