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Add social features to the Firefox sidebar

Never miss another update! Keep up with the latest stories and updates by adding social features from various websites right in the Firefox sidebar.

Note: This applies to the latest Firefox Release version which can be downloaded from mozilla.org/firefox.

Add social features to Firefox

You can load content from these websites right into your sidebar.

Some of these services might be available only in the U.S. unless stated otherwise.
  1. Visit one of these pages, and then click on the Activate Now button on the page.
  2. A confirmation message will appear. Click Enable Services on the message. The sidebar will open with your feed.
Note: Some services will ask you to log in so their feed will work properly.

Turn social features off and on

  1. Add the sidebar button to your toolbar or menu if you haven't already.
  2. Click on the sidebar button to see a list of services.
  3. Click on the service that you'd like to display.
  4. To turn a service off, click on the sidebar button and click on the active service to uncheck it.

Turn on a service

  1. Press Alt to show the menu temporarily, then click View, and then Sidebar.On the menu bar, click View, and then Sidebar.
  2. Choose the feed you want to display.

Turn off a service

  1. Go to your sidebar and click the gear icon sidebar gear at the top right corner to display a menu.
  2. Click Show sidebar to remove the check mark and hide the feed.

Switch feeds

You can activate multiple feeds and switch between them.

  1. Click the gear icon sidebar gear at the top right corner of your sidebar.
  2. Click to select the site you want to load.

Disable or remove a feed

If necessary, you can remove a service from Firefox.

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.

  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Services panel.
  3. The Services panel will list all the social networks and content providers you've installed.
  4. Find the site you want to remove and click on Remove next to it.
Note: If you remove a service and then later want to use it again, you will have to re-add it to Firefox.

Having trouble? Here are some things you can try

If you see a message in the sidebar that Firefox can't connect with a service, click the Try Again button. If that doesn't work, you may just have to wait a bit for it to become available again.

Tip: You can also try removing and then re-adding a service.
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heelarious

The article says we should visit "one of these websites" to add social features to Firefox. The link behind "msnNOW" doesn't work: https://now.msn.com/now-for-firefox

I'm not sure if MSN discontinued to support this feature for Firefox or if it's not intended.

The only bug I've found which might be related is bug 967677.

Thanks for the heads up. I see that msnNow for Firefox has been discontinued: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/blocked/i490. I'll update the article.

The bug you've posted is for another MSN feature.

heelarious

Oh, you're right. Actually the whole msnNOW website doesn't exist anymore. Obviously this social feature for Firefox won't work too then.

Thanks for the fast reply.

GOAL is hidden right now with comment markup. When the feature is ready, we need to replace the test link with the real one and unhide it from the list. Tentative launch date is June 13th.

underpass

Hello

I think that this block

#{for win}Press {key Alt} to bring up the File menu, then click {menu View}, and then {menu Sidebar}.{/for}{for linux}Press {key Alt} and {key V} at the same time to bring up the File menu, then click {menu View}, and then {menu Sidebar}.{/for}{for mac}On the File menu, click {menu View}, and then {menu Sidebar}.{/for}

should be rewritten.

In Windows and Linux the ALT key can be used to show the menu temporarily. There is no "View" entry in the File menu.

I will correct the article this way:

#{for win,linux}Press {key Alt} to show the menu temporarily, then click {menu View}, and then {menu Sidebar}.{for mac}On the menu bar, click {menu View}, and then {menu Sidebar}.{/for}
underpass

Could you please review my revision?

Sorry, I was out last week.

Good point, I should have called it the menu bar and not the "File menu".

Your revisions make sense, although pressing the {key Alt} key doesn't bring up the menu bar in Linux. It brings up the search option. I've had to press {key Alt} and {key V} at the same time in Ubuntu. Let me know if that's not what you're seeing.

Joni

underpass

Hi Joni,

Which distro/Desktop Environment have you tried?

I have tried with XFCE, MATE and GNOME on Debian and the {key Alt} key always shows the menu bar - just like in Windows.

Hi Underpass,

I've been using Ubuntu, but I also just tried it on my husband's Mint and you're right, the {key Alt} brings up the menu bar. I'll make a note of that in the article.

Thanks again, Joni