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How to UNDOCK Reload button?!

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WHY would you dock the reload/stop button. Now we can't move it. I heard too many users moved it then forgot where it was. i can see how that creates support headaches for you.

At least dock it outside the URL field, and NEXT to the back/forward arrows. It creates such a horrible usability issue; just not friendly to have to move all the way across the URL field. Surely there's a better solution than dumbing it down to the lowest user skill level and just docking it.

And surely there's a customization solution for users who know what they're doing. Please. Someone.

WHY would you dock the reload/stop button. Now we can't move it. I heard too many users moved it then forgot where it was. i can see how that creates support headaches for you. At least dock it outside the URL field, and NEXT to the back/forward arrows. It creates such a horrible usability issue; just not friendly to have to move all the way across the URL field. Surely there's a better solution than dumbing it down to the lowest user skill level and just docking it. And surely there's a customization solution for users who know what they're doing. Please. Someone.

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As far as I know, the Classic Theme Restorer add-on is the only way move the Reload button outside the address bar.

  1. Install Classic Theme Restorer and restart Firefox when prompted.
  2. Open the Add-ons Manager (Ctrl+Shift+A; Mac: Command+Shift+A), then the Extensions category.
  3. Next to Classic Theme Restorer, click the Options button.
  4. On the Main tab, make sure "Movable back-forward button" and "Hide urlbars stop & reload buttons" are checked. You might also want to check "Combine stop & reload buttons".
  5. Right-click an empty area of the tab bar and choose Customize.
  6. Drag the Back/Forward, Stop and Reload buttons onto the navigation toolbar.
  7. Click the Exit Customize button in the lower right corner when done.

That being said, I should point out that you can reload pages in other ways.

  • Right-click any tab and choose Reload.
  • Right-click an empty area of the page and choose Reload.
  • Press F5.
  • Press Ctrl+R.
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Chosen Solution

As far as I know, the Classic Theme Restorer add-on is the only way move the Reload button outside the address bar.

  1. Install Classic Theme Restorer and restart Firefox when prompted.
  2. Open the Add-ons Manager (Ctrl+Shift+A; Mac: Command+Shift+A), then the Extensions category.
  3. Next to Classic Theme Restorer, click the Options button.
  4. On the Main tab, make sure "Movable back-forward button" and "Hide urlbars stop & reload buttons" are checked. You might also want to check "Combine stop & reload buttons".
  5. Right-click an empty area of the tab bar and choose Customize.
  6. Drag the Back/Forward, Stop and Reload buttons onto the navigation toolbar.
  7. Click the Exit Customize button in the lower right corner when done.

That being said, I should point out that you can reload pages in other ways.

  • Right-click any tab and choose Reload.
  • Right-click an empty area of the page and choose Reload.
  • Press F5.
  • Press Ctrl+R.
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Saw your solution because you've posted it before. Followed all the steps. The reload/stop buttons end up grayed-out. They are not functional with this solution. Would you know why?

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I have had to roll back to Ver 28, I can't move the reload button next to the back / forward button as I liked it :-(

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selftaught wrote:

The reload/stop buttons end up grayed-out. They are not functional with this solution. Would you know why?

It's normal for the Stop button to be grayed out if the page has finished loading. The Reload button should always be enabled though.
I don't have any problems with it. See the attached screenshot (at the top are separate buttons, pictured while the page is loading; at the bottom are combined buttons, pictured while the page is done loading).

You may have another add-on or user style that's interferering. For help with the Classic Theme Restorer add-on, refer to the following thread on the third-party site MozillaZine.

foxyfoxy58 wrote:

I have had to roll back to Ver 28

That exposes your system to the following security vulnerabilities.

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Thanks for the security info-

Does theme restorer allow the reload button to be undocked and moved to the left with the back and forward buttons? I can't keep installing 29 and going back to 28 to test, I've wasted hours this morning and not just on this problem with 29 :-( I also can't view some of my pic albums in Slickpics but that's in another post. Bob.

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I started over with a fresh installation of the extension and it finally did work. Thanks!

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I use the Classic Theme Restorer add-on, Once the add-on is loaded, mouse to the top of the browser window, right click, and select Customize. As you can see in the screen shot, I have the buttons set up as I want.

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the devs obviously think "more customizable" software UI is achieved by REMOVING previous customization options so that we need add-ons to bring them back...

...the sheer facepalm of this is so epic, I can't even fathom...