Change Firefox menu shortcuts with Menu Wizard

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 23, 2014
Updated • Jul 23, 2019

Menu Wizard is a handy browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that you can use to hide or move menu items. It supports the Firefox menu bar (not displayed anymore by default), the tab and main context menu, and the bookmarks bar by default so that you can customize what is displayed and how it is displayed in the browser.

Update: Menu Wizard is not compatible with Firefox 57 or newer. Mozilla changed the extensions system in Firefox 57 and removed support for classic extensions in the process. End

For instance, if you never pin tabs in the browser or use the "close other tabs" option when you right-click on tabs in Firefox, then you may consider removing those options from the context menu to streamline it.

You can read my full review of the Menu Wizard extension here for additional information on how it works and what it supports.

What I have not mentioned in the review back then is that you can also use it to modify menu shortcuts in Firefox.

Many menus in Firefox can not only be accessed with the mouse but also with keyboard shortcuts. You can open the Downloads dialog with Ctrl-J for instance, or open a new tab with Ctrl-T.

As is the case with menu items, it is likely that you don't make use of them all. In addition, there may be some shortcuts that you may want to customize.

Maybe you want to modify a shortcut because you hit it accidentally from time to time or because you feel that you cannot access it fast enough.

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After you have installed the add-on in Firefox you can open all of the customization option it makes available in the add-ons manager, by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Alt-m, or by hitting Alt to display the menu and selecting Tools > Menu Wizard.

A click on the keyboard icon on the configuration page displays the shortcuts. What's interesting here is that it highlights any potential conflict as you can see on the screenshot above.

You can disable a shortcut with a click or modify the keys used to invoke it instead if you prefer that.  It is even possible to disable all shortcuts with a single click if that is what you want to do.

Note: Add-ons like Customize Shortcuts have been designed specifically for the editing of browser shortcuts. Unlike Menu Wizard, they don't limit the available shortcuts to menu items which means that you can use them to edit more shortcuts.

The option to edit shortcuts using Menu Wizard can be quite handy, especially for users who use the add-on anyway.

Now You: Have you modified Firefox in any way in regards to menu items or shortcuts? If so, what have you done and how?

Change Firefox menu shortcuts with Menu Wizard
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Change Firefox menu shortcuts with Menu Wizard
Menu Wizard is a free add-on for Firefox that enables you to customize all menus in Firefox. In addition, it allows you to change keyboard shortcuts in the browser as well.
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  1. Tim said on September 23, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Nope not working, not same now.

  2. Ray said on September 24, 2014 at 4:30 am

    For keyboard shortcuts, I have been using keyconfig for years.

    For menu editing, I’ve been using Menu Editor. Always good to know about other addons!

  3. fokka said on September 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    good addon, but it always opened the devs homepage after an update, which was almost every day for what i can remember. that was nagging me, so i uninstalled it.

    1. Boris said on September 23, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      There are extensions that allow you automatically block pages.

  4. miki said on September 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    paul thanks !

  5. paul(us) said on September 23, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    And for those who do need/use keyboard shortcuts you can also use the older Menu Editor which is still working great.

  6. G7645 said on September 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    In the latest version (as of this posting) of Menu Wizard, the option to hide buttons in the menu items is added.

    When Menu Wizard is uninstalled, will predefined shortcuts changed with that extension revert to defaults?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 23, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      All settings including shortcuts are restored when you disable or remove the extension.

  7. CHEF-KOCH said on September 23, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Not bad, only 88KB addon which does exactly what I need. Good tip!

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