Damn it. I accidentally clicked on the close other tabs menu, and now all open tabs in the browser are gone, but the active tab. While it is possible to recover the tabs one by one, it is not a pleasant user experience, especially if you never use the close other tabs feature, and would like to remove it permanently to avoid this kind of accidents.
Enter Menu Editor, a Firefox extension that I reviewed in 2008 for the first time. The extension offers to remove menu items from Firefox right-click context menus, and the toolbar menu. Using it, you can remove the menu items that you never use in the browser. Even better, it also allows you to reorder items of the same menu, which is pretty cool if you want specific items to be more - or less - accessible in the menus. And if that does not convince you yet, how does moving items from one menu to another sound? Lets take a detailed look at the add-on's functionality.
You access the configuration utility in Firefox's add-ons manager after installation and restart of the browser. The easiest way to get there is to enter about:addons in the address bar and hit the return key afterwards. A click on the options button next to Menu Editor opens the preferences.
The preferences start up in simple mode. You can select a menu from the pulldown at the top, and see all of the items of that menu listed beneath then. Items are listed with their identification and current visibility. A double-click changes the visibility state of an item, as does the show/hide button.
To remove the close other tabs menu, you would select Tab context menu from the selection menu, and double-click on the entry. This should display a red x next to it indicating that it has been disabled. The following menus and items are editable:
Simple mode allows you to remove and display individual menu items, and reorder them in the same menu. There is also a reset and reset all option in case you want to return to Firefox's default menu layout, or want to start anew.
Advanced mode introduces new features to the configuration. You can now drag and drop menu items from one of the menus to another menu. You could for instance add options like new tab or new window to the right-click tab menu.
Menu editor offers comfortable options to remove and reorder menus in the Firefox web browser. The add-on has not been updated for over a year which is the only concern that I have. For now, it is working fine, with the exception of the bookmarks and history menus, which are not editable at all.
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