Customize Firefox controls, buttons and toolbars

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The menu button new fx menu gives you convenient access to your favorite Firefox features. Don't like the default arrangement? It's easy to customize. Is there something you use all the time? Try adding it to the main toolbar. We'll show you how.

Firefox's toolbars provide easy access to common features. This article explains how you can customize toolbars to make Firefox work the way you do.

Customize the menu or the toolbar

You can change the items that appear in the menu or your toolbar.

  1. Click the menu button new fx menu and choose Customize.
    • A special tab will open which allows you to drag and drop items in or out of the menu and the toolbar. Feel free to experiment with what works best for you. You can always start over by clicking the Restore Defaults button at the bottom of the screen.
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  2. When you are done, click the green Exit Customize button.
Note: Many add-ons come with buttons that you can add to the menu or toolbar. To learn more, see Find and install add-ons to add features to Firefox.

Turn on the Title bar, Menu bar or Bookmarks toolbar

To turn on the Title bar:

  1. Click the menu button new fx menu and choose Customize.
  2. Click the Title Bar button in the lower left.
  3. Click the green Exit Customize button.

To turn on the Menu bar or Bookmarks toolbar:

  1. Click the menu button new fx menu and choose Customize.
  2. Click the Show / Hide Toolbars dropdown menu at the bottom of the screen and choose the items you want to display.
  3. Click the green Exit Customize button.

Turn on the Title bar or Bookmarks toolbar

To turn on the Title bar:

  1. Click the menu button new fx menu and choose Customize.
  2. Click the Title Bar button in the lower left.
  3. Click the green Exit Customize button.

To turn on the Bookmarks toolbar:

  • Click the View menu at the top of the screen, go down to Toolbars and select Bookmarks Toolbar.

Turn on the Menu bar or Bookmarks toolbar

  1. Click the menu button new fx menu and choose Customize.
  2. Click the Show / Hide Toolbars dropdown menu at the bottom of the screen and choose the items you want to display.
  3. Click the green Exit Customize button.

Having problems?

Try restoring the default set of buttons and toolbars by clicking the Restore Defaults button when you are in the customize mode. If that doesn't solve the problem, try these:

How do I show and hide the different toolbars?

Most toolbars can be shown or hidden depending on your needs. To show or hide a toolbar, right-clickcontrol-click on an empty section of the Tab Strip and check or uncheck it in the pop-up menu.

  • Menu Bar: This toolbar at the top of the Firefox window contains the browser menus (File, Edit, Help, etc.). On Windows Vista and 7, the Menu Bar is hidden by default, and its features are contained in the Firefox button. If the Menu Bar is hidden, you can temporarily show it by pressing the Alt key.
  • Menu Bar: This toolbar at the top of the Firefox window contains the browser menus (File, Edit, Help, etc.). Hiding the Menu Bar will make the Firefox button appear which contains a simplified menu.
  • Tab Strip: This is where your tabs are displayed. You can't hide it.
  • Navigation Toolbar: This toolbar contains your web site navigation buttons, the Location Bar, the Search Bar, the Home button and the Bookmarks button.
  • Bookmarks Toolbar: This toolbar contains your Bookmarks Toolbar Folder bookmarks. For more information, see Bookmarks Toolbar - Display your favorite websites at the top of the Firefox window. On new installations of Firefox, the Bookmarks Toolbar is hidden by default.
  • Add-on Bar: This toolbar at the bottom of the Firefox window contains buttons associated with your extensions (if they are made available by the add-on developer). See The Add-on Bar gives you quick access to add-on features for more information.

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How do I customize or rearrange toolbar items?

  1. Right-clickHold down the Ctrl key while you click an empty section of the Tab Strip and select Customize.... The Customize Toolbar window opens.
  2. Change the toolbar items as necessary. For an explanation of what each item does, see Customize navigation buttons like back, home, bookmarks and reload.
    • To add an item, drag it from the Customize Toolbar window onto the toolbar where you want it to appear.
    • To remove an item, drag it to the Customize Toolbar window.
    • To rearrange an item, drag it to the spot where you want it.
  3. When finished, click Done.

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Try it out: Experiment with different arrangements. You can always restore the default toolbar settings by clicking Restore Default Set in the Customize Toolbar window.

Icon appearance options

There are additional options to change the appearance of your toolbar icons at the bottom of the Customize Toolbar window:

  • Show: From the Show dropdown menu, you can choose what to display in the toolbars: icons, text, or icons and text together. By default, Firefox shows icons only.
  • Use Small Icons: Check this option to make the toolbar smaller.

How can I add extra toolbars?

  1. Right-clickHold down the Ctrl key while you click an empty section of the Tab Strip and select Customize.... The Customize Toolbar window opens.
  2. At the bottom of the Customize Toolbar window, click Add New Toolbar. The New Toolbar window opens.
  3. In the New Toolbar window, enter a name for your toolbar and click OK.
  4. Add items to the toolbar as described above. If you don't add any, Firefox won't create your toolbar.
  5. When you're finished adding items, click Done.

Your new toolbar appears below the Navigation Toolbar.

Try it out: Make a new toolbar. You can always remove extra toolbars by clicking Restore Default Set in the Customize Toolbar window.

I have missing toolbars, unwanted toolbars or toolbars that get reset

See these toolbar troubleshooting articles:



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