Mozilla is working on a single Extensions button for its Firefox web browser

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 7, 2022

Firefox users may soon have access to a single Extensions button in the browser's toolbar to manage all of the installed and enabled browser extensions.

firefox unified extensions button

Firefox extensions that are installed in the browser are added to the main toolbar by default. Users of the browser may interact with these directly, for instance to manage functionality or execute certain features the extensions provide.

Extension icons are pushed to the overflow section on the toolbar if space on the toolbar is not sufficient to display all extension icons. Firefox users have options to pin extension icons to the overflow menu to make room on the main toolbar.

Firefox's upcoming Extensions button

firefox extensions

Mozilla is working on integrating an Extensions button in the Firefox web browser. The button, which works similarly to the buttons in Chrome, Edge and other Chromium-based web browsers, reveals the list of installed and enabled extensions. Firefox users may pin extensions to the main toolbar for direct access.

The new unified extensions button displays a manage button next to each extension. Activation of the button displays the three options manage, remove and report.

The feature has landed in Firefox 105 Nightly, and is still in active development. Some functionality is still missing and it will take some time before the final version lands in Firefox Nightly and other development versions of the browser.

Firefox Nightly users who want to give it a go need to do the following:

  1. Make sure that Firefox Nightly is up to date.
  2. Load about:config in the browser's address bar.
  3. Search for extensions.unifiedExtensions.enabled.
  4. Set the value of the preference to True.
  5. Restart Firefox Nightly.

The new Extensions icon is displayed on Firefox's toolbar after the restart. Note that it is displayed only if at least one extension is active in the browser.

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Mozilla plans to support the same feature set as Chromium-based browsers when it comes to the single Extensions icon in Firefox. Firefox users may pin extension icons to the main toolbar for direct access, but all extensions are always available when the extensions icon is activated. The overflow option will likely be removed from Firefox at one point in time.

Now You: where do you prefer your extension icons: single menu, on the toolbar, or mixed? (via Techdows)

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  1. Terwilliger Montego Johnson III said on April 24, 2023 at 11:47 pm

    The extension icon is redundant especially for users that only utilize a few extensions. How hard is it to open the add-on menu and update or delete an add-on?
    give me a break. This icon is probably to force users off unsigned extensions and has telemetry built in.

  2. Todd said on September 29, 2022 at 8:53 am

    The Overflow menu works pretty well. Add the ability to create cascading menus so extensions in areas of functionality can be grouped together. Wouldn’t mind being able to create multiple buttons with the same functionality as the overflow button with cascading menus.

  3. LexcyHexey said on August 13, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    How about working on that terrible Spell Checker that comes with Firefox and also fix the FF language pack updates on Linux(Mint 20.3 for me) that wipe out the end user added words to that terrible spell checker. P.S. Please do not suggest an external FF Plugin for Spell Checking as that’s not very privacy oriented there for a solution as I want one that’s already in the Browser and with assurances that I’m not spied upon there.

  4. Mark said on August 12, 2022 at 10:29 am

    Mozilla – Stop trying to ape Chrome – there is a reason that some of us don’t use it. Also, stop trying to pander to those with 2 inch screens at the expense of the rest of us.
    Two things – firstly, everything should be able to be done with as FEW clicks or keystrokes as possible.
    Secondly, there are some extensions, for example, video downloaders that alert the user via…..drumroll….the icon on the toolbar, when something is available.
    This is a backwards step which, I hope is reversed…but, if not, there is a workaround to keep all extension icons on the toolbar where they belong.

  5. Francesco said on August 10, 2022 at 2:46 am

    Rather useless. You can put extensions in the bookmarks bar, did you know that? They should rather have made it possible to put extensions into folders in said bookmarks bar… Thumbs down from me, missed the actual target ?

  6. wtfmate said on August 9, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Why can’t they add a toggle to disable/enable extensions????

    1. m3 said on August 13, 2022 at 2:12 am

      Exactly! I right click an extension icon on my toolbar and I get ‘MANAGE EXTENSION’, ‘REMOVE EXTENSION’ and ‘REMOVE FROM TOOLBAR’. Where is ‘DISABLE/ENABLE EXTENSION?’

      1. Tom Hawack said on August 13, 2022 at 8:58 am

        An extension’s toolbar button including enable/disable wouldn’t make sens given a disabled extension doesn’t appear in the toolbar … to enable it back you’ll have to return to about:addons. Unless a single Extensions button such as described in this article is available.

  7. th34lch3m1st said on August 9, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    A “one button” menu to toggle on-off every extension would be useful. Or even better, single left click on icon to toggle on-off every extension, right click to open settings.

  8. Greg said on August 9, 2022 at 7:20 am

    firefox has become a useless an pointless browser, are you that Bored Martin? look at some Porn Mate

    1. Anonymous said on August 9, 2022 at 12:32 pm

      The only thing useless here is you. Go watch porn with your Chrome skill Brave browser.

  9. Anonymous said on August 8, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Besides the gear icon for settings, there should be an on/off toggle.

  10. toja said on August 8, 2022 at 12:28 am

    “The overflow option will likely be removed from Firefox at one point in time.”

    Nonsense. You can pin other Firefox icons there, not just extension icons.
    Besides, in the overflow menu you put those icons that YOU WANT, not all the ones that are installed.
    This is total nonsense.

  11. VioletMoon said on August 7, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Overflow works for me. Two clicks and I’m on the Extensions page. Once icon for Extensions might work–another change that will need my devoted and ever-evolving ability to adapt to change.

    @Who Knew [Doesn’t Know]

    Sometimes “retro-crap” proves invaluable. Example: the original Wordle, simple, works. Now others have made a fortune on the developer’s idea.

    Onward, I have found myself looking for “retro-programs” with features no other program to date has matched. Okay, an example: Microsoft Research Auto Collage 2008. Great program for making quick, professional collages. No other program, online or otherwise, matches it. Try finding it!

    Rather makes me think anyone not using Firefox or Waterfox is either in the dark or preciously addicted to and stuck with Chrome clones–the shadows on the Cave Wall [Allegory of the Cave].

    As Emerson would say, “Imitation is suicide.”

    1. Who Knew said on August 8, 2022 at 9:56 am

      That took over 2 seconds to find, using the very obscure and “hard for 99.999999% of the planets population to access” Google search. It’s a very rare service that helps you find things on the internet, just came out, I think it’s free.

      1. VioletMoon said on August 8, 2022 at 9:44 pm

        How humbling–not to bother with the link; rather search with DDG. A program downloads, but I certainly wasn’t going to install it. Have no idea what it is.

        Checking with MS Community, in theory, the program is obsolete. In the wild, yes. So it should be okay. Thanks for the correction; sorry for the offending comment.

  12. Who knew said on August 7, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Firefox? Is that still around? Not that I care. I heard Winamp is coming back as well. This retro crap is hilarious.

  13. Flip3dee said on August 7, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Why use Firefox again? Its a clone of Chrome now… Extensions button is very thing I hated about Chrome and Edge. I prefer the overflow menu. Hopefully they don’t force it like the other two browsers.

    1. Iron Heart said on August 8, 2022 at 10:24 am


      Well, they made almost 1:1 copies of the hamburger menu and the printer menu as well, so this is just the logical next step. Maybe they hope that users accidentally download and use Firefox thinking that it’s Chrome, because the interface is so similar. Who knows. Hilarious if true.

  14. Depietri said on August 7, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    I see this as un-needed. I have some extensions on the toolbar, and other less frequently used extensions on the Overflow Menu. All the other extensions that I don’t need to mess up with frequently are available at about:addons.

    I will remove this Extension Button from the toolbar as soon as they show it to me. I’m very glad for Firefox having some customizability over it’s UI!

  15. binocry said on August 7, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    this is welcome feature. hopefully added to stable release soon

  16. Paul(us) said on August 7, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    The addon Add-on List-o-matic 9000 already used this icon in the toolbar, so SpiderDave who claims on his page to display another icon has to look for another.

    I like the situation like it is.
    Maybe It’s handy to make an icon where you can hide temporally the icons you and I use quite often, and therefore have them right now situated on the toolbar for easy use, next to the overflow menu?

    Maybe even better could be the that the often used also have a possibility that there customizable so I can choose, with often-used toolbar addons I want in this, not overflow menu.

  17. Tom Hawack said on August 7, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    > Now You: where do you prefer your extension icons: single menu, on the toolbar, or mixed?
    Mixed as far as I’m concerned.

    I already use a userChromeJS script which performs in a similar way to this planned ‘Firefox single Extensions button’ :

    extensionOptionsMenu.uc.js []

    “A single toolbar button to manage all your extensions. It opens a menu listing each extension. Left-click to open Options from the hovered addon, right-click to enable/disable, Ctrl + right-click to uninstall. Hover anywhere on the menu to see more.”

    Most welcomed concept IMO. Easily enable/disable/remove installed extensions. The above userChromeJS script doesn’t handle the ‘Report extension’.

    I have over 50 installed extensions, some of them are enabled only occasionally, i.e. when I go surfing “off-shore” (Red-light zone districts!) and then enable the ‘Netcraft extension’ and ‘CheckMyHTTPS’ extensions. really handy, no need to open then scroll the ‘about:addons’ page… especially when you run many extensions.

    I adore (“Dior j’adore”) the script so I’m likely to adore this planned ‘Firefox single Extensions button’ GIVEN it allows and does not replace the toolbar extensions’ buttons; otherwise I’ll disable it via its about:config pref and keep my script :)

    1. Shiva said on August 7, 2022 at 5:36 pm

      Hi TomH,
      I use that script too and I hope the Firefox developers are inspired by it, I can’t conceive of an easier and more straightforward way to manage extensions.
      Not bad either are the contextToSearch and openInUnloadedTab scripts, great ideas from xiaoxiaoflood.

      1. Tom Hawack said on August 7, 2022 at 5:59 pm

        Hi Shiva, indeed xiaoxiaoflood, the developer, has many nice userChromeJS scripts, not to mention the very userChromeJS ‘protocol’ installer. I also use his ‘aboutconfig’ script (allowing the old about:config display) and his ‘newtab-aboutconfig’ which allows to set the NewTab url right from about:config. The guy is talented. At this time I run 16 userChromeJS script, 7 of which are mine, based on others I’ve found on various userChromeJS dedicated GitHub pages. Amazing all you can perform with these scripts.

      2. Tom Hawack said on August 7, 2022 at 6:13 pm

        @Shiva, i forgot to mention an undocumented feature of the extensionOptionsMenu.uc.js that I had discovered inadvertently : besides the obvious left-click on the script’s toolbar button which opens the drop-down menu, if you middle-click on that button you open the ‘about:addons’ page. Nice when you need to open the addons page and avoids the about-addons toolbar button included natively in Firefox, as well as CTRL+SHIFT+A for mouse aficionados as myself (pipe in the left hand, mouse in the right, I practically never use keyboard shortcuts…)

      3. Shiva said on August 7, 2022 at 8:15 pm

        Thanks @Tom!
        I have only left click and right click… But I modify the script and I can open about:addons with the right click now. It seems to me that otherwise it works the same as before.

        “onclick: ‘if (event.button == 2) BrowserOpenAddonsMgr(“addons://list/extension”)'” (from 1 to 2)

        PS: speaking about scripts, I recently found a new one that is able automaximize Firefox (or any program) window at start. Could be useful when you have RFP enabled.

      4. Tom Hawack said on August 7, 2022 at 10:34 pm

        @Shiva, are we referring to the same script?

        I’m using latest extensionOptionsMenu.uc.js updated for Firefox 103 :

        [Line 33] onclick: ‘if (event.button == 1) BrowserOpenAddonsMgr(“addons://list/extension”)’

        That is the code which opens about:addons when middle-clicking the script’s toolbar button.
        I’ve just dug into the code to confirm what I had discovered blindly …

      5. Tom Hawack said on August 7, 2022 at 10:47 pm

        @Shiva, I hadn’t understood you correctly, sorry.

        Now i get it : your mouse does not handle middle-click so you’ve changed event.button == 2 in place of 1

        I’m surprised the code gets a grip on a toolbar button’s right-click given I always thought that was hard-coded in Firefox. if it works then great!

      6. Shiva said on August 8, 2022 at 7:18 am

        “I’m surprised the code gets a grip on a toolbar button’s right-click given I always thought that was hard-coded in Firefox. if it works then great!”

        It works. Also you can prevent Firefox’s right-click context menu from appearing:

        btn.addEventListener(‘contextmenu’, (e) => {e.preventDefault();});
        (below: btn.appendChild(mp);)

        Finally, to get the same ‘about:addons’ icon as Firefox:

        image: ‘chrome://mozapps/skin/extensions/extension.svg’,

        If you didn’t mention that feature, I wouldn’t even notice it. Hoping future updates won’t mess it up.

      7. Tom Hawack said on August 8, 2022 at 10:03 am

        @Shiva, indeed. I’ve tried it and coding the right-click does work with nevertheless Firefox’s context menu appearing, a bother that your line of code prevents : nice find, thanks for sharing. Our dialog is an example of constructive comments … even if we got somewhat off-topic from the article :)

        > […] Hoping future updates won’t mess it up.

        That’s the lot of manual updates, you have to re-apply your modifications. Personally I always keep the last original script, compare it with its update and re-apply on that ground.

        Hey : we’ve been doing nice work, haven’t we?!

      8. Shiva said on August 8, 2022 at 10:46 am

        @Tom, I was thinking more about Firefox updates, this script by xiaoxiaoflood seems perfect as it is. For us who like to use the mouse for now we definitely save click and time compared to the new Extensions button from what I see from the pictures above.

        “Hey : we’ve been doing nice work, haven’t we?!”
        Always good insights from your comments.

      9. Tom Hawack said on August 8, 2022 at 12:30 pm

        @Shiva, one last thing about this extensionOptionsMenu.uc.js I forgot to mention but I guess you’re aware of :

        1- The script includes options :

        UC.extensionOptionsMenu = {
        // config

        [enabledFirst: false] : if false a disabled extension is moved to the bottom of the list, if true it keeps its position in the list (my preference)

        2- Other user modifications besides the middle-to-right click we’ve talked about :

        [tooltiptext: ‘Extension Options Menu’] : Given the access to about:addons (middle or right click) , why not modify it (for the sake of coherence) to:
        tooltiptext: ‘Extension Options Menu | Add-ons Manager’] for instance?

        [image: (Base64 icon)] : you mentioned above replacing the script’s icon with the one of Firefox’s native ‘Addons Manager’. Whatever other 16px Base64 icon can replace the script’s default one as well, of course.

        [this.STYLE =] {
        .noOptions { color: gray; } // I OR { color: blue; }
        .disabled { color: gray; font-style: italic; } // Or { color: black; font-style: italic; font-weight: bold; }

        For a user’s comfort, no big deal. With my eyes I need graphics that stand out.
        This is my last comment regarding this script :)

  18. Klaas Vaak said on August 7, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    Chrome and its forks have had this for a long time. It is useful to have indeed.

    1. Frankel said on August 7, 2022 at 2:24 pm

      Completely useless to power users who are aware CTRL+SHIFT+A exists since a decade.

      1. matthiew said on August 9, 2022 at 5:16 am

        Ctrl+Shift+A performs a different function

      2. DFG said on August 7, 2022 at 4:36 pm

        A power user is not someone who just knows the ways around the software but who is efficient too. We have had more +25″ monitors in years -unless you are stuck with a 17″ CRT Nokia” and there is tons of dead space in our GUI which could be used for efficiency purposes, just a tiny bit of it even.

        A small icon giving us access to all Extensions will do no harm but instead will speed up stuff.

      3. Anonymous said on August 8, 2022 at 3:34 am

        Most are on laptop, tablet or phone, few people use desktop outside the office, other than power users or old people.

      4. Frankel said on August 8, 2022 at 12:05 pm

        And your laptop supports no key combos? Addon button on mobile devices exists since forever as well in the hamburger menu to save space.

      5. Frankel said on August 7, 2022 at 5:18 pm

        If pushing a mouse long distances over a huge screens is the cornerstone of efficiency in your parallel universe, I am happy you feel appreciated by Mozilla.

      6. binary man said on August 9, 2022 at 6:46 pm

        real men use trackballs. go across any size screen with a quick flick.

  19. Benjamin said on August 7, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    Amazing to see how the world is always in progress by forces unseen and unknown.

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