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Move the Firefox button to another location in the browser

I have to admit that I do not really like the Firefox button that Mozilla at some point in development added to the browser. Thankfully though the developers decided to hide the old menu bar and make it available on demand so that users who prefer to work with the old menu bar can activate it again if they prefer it over the single button menu.

I have two issues with the Firefox button. First, some features are not as easily accessible as they were before, and second, it sits there alone in the address bar with no option to move it to another location in the browser. I'm not sure why Mozilla locked the button in its place but there are at least 23923 users who would love to move the button to one of the browser toolbars instead.

Moveable Firefox Button is an extension for the web browser that enables you to do just that. Once you have installed and restarted the browser, you will notice that the Firefox button has been moved from its title bar location to the first visible toolbar of the browser instead.

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You can now use the customize feature of Firefox to move the Firefox button to another location in the browser. This is either done by clicking on the button and selection Options > Toolbar Layout, or by right-clicking on a blank spot on one of the toolbars and selecting customize from the context menu there.

The size and layout of the button depends largely on the selections you make in the customize menu.  The smallest size becomes available when you check the use small icons parameter and select icons under show in the customize menu.

You can move the Firefox button to any browser toolbar and location, including to the browser's add-on bar. What you may notice now is that the title bar looks awfully empty, which can mostly be attributed to Mozilla's decision to move page titles away from it as well. An add-on like Aero Window Title adds titles to the titlebar again so that the space gets filled out with useful information.

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It may take some time to get used to the new position and smaller size of the Firefox button.

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Comments

  1. fokka said on July 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm
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    ha, i’ve been using this addon since the UI-change in ff4 :) i’m ok with the position of the button, the size on the other hand was too much for my taste.

  2. Matt said on July 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm
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    Martin, another of Merci chao’s extensions, Personal Menu (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/personal-menu/), takes care of your issue about some items not being as accessible. It’s an essential extension, IMO.

    Part of the Australis design is a new menu button that is smaller, moveable, and customize-able by default. I’m really looking forward to it.

    I’m not sure if there will be a keyboard shortcut for activating the new menu button, which is my main complaint about the current Firefox button.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm
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      Matt I have been using Tiny Menu for that purpose for a few years now and love it.

  3. Peter (NL) said on July 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm
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    Martin,
    How did you get that green border in the add-ons screen (see above screen shot) ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm
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  4. boris said on July 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm
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    I used Moveable Firefox Button before, but switched to UI Fixer. It has some additional options to restore original Firefox looks..

  5. jay said on July 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm
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    You should definetly try out ‘addons on urlbar’ so those addon button on the bar on the bottom of the firefox screen yiu won’t need anymore check here:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/addons-in-urlbar/

    1. boris said on July 28, 2012 at 2:43 am
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      I tried it a while before. Nice, but some extensions’ icons get distorted.

  6. Bill said on July 29, 2012 at 5:22 am
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    Two other suggested add-ons that you might try:

    “Nav Bar on Title Bar” moves the navigation bar into the title bar (like it says ;-) “so that the space gets filled out with useful information”.

    “Personal Menu” which allows you to customise the menu under the Firefox button (e.g. you can put back all of the menu bar items back under the Firefox button).

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