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Bookmarks Toolbar - view no longer compact following Firefox update

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Firefox has just updated to version 89.0. The Bookmarks Toolbar is no longer compact so I'm having to scroll up and down lots, which is irritating!

How do I change the Bookmarks toolbar menu back to a compact list of bookmarks, please?

Thank you.

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Unfortunately, there is no built-in feature specifically to modify the spacing between buttons on the Bookmarks Toolbar, or between items on drop-down menus.

For the toolbars:

There is still a "Compact" density option that tightens up the entire toolbar area. You could try that and compare to see whether it suits you better. More info in the following article: Compact mode workaround in Firefox.

For the drop-down menu spacing:

I can give you a quick short-term workaround, but a more durable solution will require more work.

Temporary Fix

For testing purposes, there is a preference to switch between new style and old style menus. It helps with the spacing, but might be a tad bit glitchy:

(1) In a new tab, type or paste about:config in the address bar and press Enter/Return. Click the button accepting the risk.

(2) In the search box in the page, type or paste browser.proton.contextmenus.enabled and pause while the list is filtered

(3) Double-click the preference to switch between true (new style) and false (old style)

Note: You might need to do a regular exit/restart of Firefox to complete the change.

Longer Term Community Workaround

This involves setting up a userChrome.css file. The full instructions are in the following thread:


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Thank you. I don't want a glitchy solution and wouldn't be too confident about the more advanced route - sorry!

I hope Firefox picks up this feedback and addresses this in future updates by giving a more compact toolbar (bookmarks) view. (And I wish their user testing would, in future, pick this sort of feedback up in advance of releases and make it a more user friendly drop down view.)

Modified by AshGra


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Well, these options are easy to "undo" if they don't help, so if it really gets to you, at least you have options.


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