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Firefox Menu Editor

Did you ever feel that some of the right-click menu and menu bar options are completely useless in Firefox? I know of several that I'm never using: want some examples? Work Offline in the File menu, Send Link in the right-click menu or For Internet Explorer Users in the Help menu.

Removing entries increases the usability because it makes it easier to locate the right menu items in Firefox as the ones that you never use are not hindering you anymore.

Menu Editor is a Firefox extension that lets you remove unwanted menu entries from Firefox.

Available for editing are the right-click main window and tab context menu plus all Firefox menus like File, Edit and View. Every entry can be removed so be extra careful when removing some, you might need them in a later stage. Another option is to remove a menu completely if you never ever use it.

I have changed the right-click menu in my version of Firefox. I never use the image to background image feature, back, forward or stop and I never save or send links. Take a look at the before and after size of the menu:

firefox menu beforefirefox menu after

On a side note, this extension is also working in Thunderbird. If you want to use it in Firefox 3 beta you need to make it compatible before you can use it. Either use the Nightly Tester Tools or change the version manually.

Update: Menu Editor is still available for the Firefox web browser. It is fully compatible with all recent versions of Firefox, meaning that you do not need to force compatibility anymore.

We have also changed the download link so that it is now pointing to the official Mozilla Add-ons repository and no longer to Mozdev.

The use of the extension has not really changed that much though. You can bring up the menu editor dialog using the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-S, or with a click on options in the browser's add-on manager.

firefox-menu-editor

You can select the menu that you want to edit from here, and either hide it completely or items that it displays. There is also a handy reset button that can come in handy if you need to start over, and an advanced mode option that lets you add menu items from other menus to the select menu.

Verdict

The option to add menu items to other menus sets Menu Editor apart from other programs designed for the task. You can use it to create your own custom menus that display all the options you access all the time, for example.

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Comments

  1. USBman said on March 9, 2008 at 9:55 pm
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    For a more versatile option, please see a firefox extension called Stylish ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2108 ). It allows you to load “styles” (CSS code) that manipulates 1) the browsers itself, as well as 2) the rendering of chosen websites.

    Both of these are very useful abilities! As for an example that can accomplish a similar thing as the posting above (or with a bit more work, the SAME thing), see: http://userstyles.org/styles/61

  2. kazounet said on March 10, 2008 at 1:34 pm
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    Nice plugin. Thanks for the share :)

  3. Tysen said on March 17, 2008 at 7:21 pm
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    Does menu editor now work with the spell checker? I used it a while ago, but word corrections suggested by the built-in spell checker didn’t show up.

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