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Shrink search bar, more room for extensions

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I'm not sure when this changed, but I can no longer shrink my search bar to make room for more extension shortcuts. There's no double-arrow, no option I can find in customizing (I've tried the unsupported compact thing). I've gotten myself so worked up over this, I'm sure I'm overlooking something obvious.

Thanks for your help.

I'm not sure when this changed, but I can no longer shrink my search bar to make room for more extension shortcuts. There's no double-arrow, no option I can find in customizing (I've tried the unsupported compact thing). I've gotten myself so worked up over this, I'm sure I'm overlooking something obvious. Thanks for your help.

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Aren't you able to pin extensions that show in the Extensions button drop-down to the Navigation Toolbar as explained above?

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Firefox 109 comes with the new Extensions button as the new way to manage your extensions. You can click the gear icon next to an extension or use the right-click context menu to pin the extension to the toolbar (Pin to Toolbar). To (re)move the extension from the toolbar back to the Extensions button drop-down, you can use "Unpin from Toolbar" in the right-click context menu.


The regular overflow area (>>) can only be used for built-in Firefox toolbar buttons as shown in the Customize palette and can no longer be used for extensions. For buttons provided by extensions, the Extensions button drop-down serves as overflow area ("Pin to Toolbar" and "Unpin from Toolbar").

Later this year extensions will move their manifest from Manifest V2 to Manifest V3. With MV3 you have more control on what pages the extension is active (enabled) and you need to allow the MV3 extension for each origin. The new Extensions button provides the UI to manage those permissions and enable the extension and without this button MV3 extensions will be dead (disabled) on all webpages.

A way to sort items in its drop-down is to pin all items to the toolbar and then unpin each of them in reverse order, each item you unpin is added at the top, so the last item you unpin becomes the first in the list.

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Thanks for your response, I really appreciate the help.

If this is a new 'feature', I don't understand why it exists and I hate it. Isn't there any way to get rid of it? I really don't need my search bar to go all the way across the page just so I can click on stuff a bunch of extra times. Why take options *away* from users instead of providing more options? I can't stand when software thinks it knows better than me about what I want it to do.

I don't mean to sound ungrateful. I'm just getting irrationally angry about this change.

Maybe I can roll back to an earlier version. Is there a way to do that?

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Aren't you able to pin extensions that show in the Extensions button drop-down to the Navigation Toolbar as explained above?

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Yes, that did it.

I'd like to be able to click/drag stuff and change the length of the search bar, but those weren't the things that made me forget how to read.

Thanks for being patient with me while I had a tiny crisis over nothing. I really do appreciate it.