Firefox Image Toolbar

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 1, 2007
Updated • Jul 27, 2013
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

There are not many features in Internet Explorer that Firefox, Google Chrome or Opera users have to be jealous about or at least craving for. And those that are there, are often replicated by extensions for said browsers so that users can still make use of the functionality.

One of the features of Microsoft's Internet Explorer is the image toolbar or popup that appears when you hover the mouse over an image in the browser. The toolbar displays commonly used options like the ability to print or copy so that you can access them easier and without having to go into menus for that.

Note: Newer versions of Internet Explorer ship without the functionality which means that you will have to right-click on images to access it instead.

The Firefox extension Image Toolbar adds Internet Explorer's functionality to Firefox giving users the following options when the mouse is hovered over an image: Save, Print, Copy, Info and Folder. While the first three are obvious the last two require some explanation.

Info opens the dialog that displays information about the image while Folder opens the default download folder.

firefox image toolbar

The extension can be customized. It is possible to remove any of the commands for instance. If you never print images you may remove that option so that you do not click on it accidentally.

You can also define a minimum image size, the delay before the menu is shown and choose to automatically save the image instead of showing the download image dialog.

Other interesting options that the developer has added in newer versions is the ability to select a custom save folder for images, switch to small icons instead of the larger ones, remove the text labels that are shown by default, and define a minimum width and height for the menu to be displayed in the browser.

The default minimum size is 260 pixels in width or height which you can override by holding down the Ctrl-key before you move the mouse cursor over the picture.


If you work with a lot of images, then you may like the idea of speeding things up with the help of the Firefox extension. While it only saves you a click or two for each individual image, you may be saving hundreds throughout the day depending on how many images you use the commands it provides on.



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