Mozilla has the strange habit of modifying the Firefox web browser in places where it may interfere with how users work with the browser. For some time now the Firefox button has been the one and only button in the default version of the browser and while it makes only a selection of menu items available, it seems that many users like it more than the old menu bar.
Well, I'm not one of them and even though I could theoretically display the menu bar any time I want with the Alt-key, I prefer it to be visible at all times. That's however where the problems start. When you activate the menu bar, it somehow makes a couple of icons disappear in the browser. I'm talking specifically about the bookmarks button which I display at the right side of the address bar to access the bookmarks quickly this way.
It provides access to the full bookmarks structure and is convenient to use considering that it only takes up a single icon slot. The problem however is that the bookmarks icon won't be displayed if the menu bar is active. It remains fine in the same position if the Firefox button is displayed, and that makes me wonder why Mozilla made the decision to handle things different here.
The only possible explanation for this, and it is a bad one, is that the company assumed that you would access the bookmarks via the entry in the menu bar instead. Still, it is inconsistent and not a great user experience as you can move it around freely when you right-click the toolbar and select customize, only to see it vanish when you leave the editor.
While it is possible to move it to another toolbar in Firefox to have it displayed there, it is not an option for me. You can for instance drag and drop the button in the tab bar to display it there which works just fine.
There is a fix but nothing that most users will come up with on their own. Let me explain how you can make the bookmarks icon show in the address bar if the menu bar is active.
Fixing the disappearing bookmarks problem
Open your Firefox profile folder. To do so load about:support in the browser and click on the Show Folder button on the page. This opens the profile folder in Windows Explorer.
Check if the folder has a Chrome folder. If it does not, create it in the main profile folder. Open the folder and check if you find a userChrome.css file in it. If not, create a plain text file and change its name so that it matches the file name.
Open it and add the following line to the end of it.
Once done save it and restart the browser. You should notice that the bookmarks icon will remain visible now in Firefox's address bar.Enjoyed the article?: Then sign-up for our free newsletter or RSS feed to kick off your day with the latest technology news and tips, or share the article with your friends and contacts on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ using the icons below.