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Make Firefox look however you like. Whether you want something modern that frees up space, a dash of colour to keep things interesting, or to bring back the Firefox look of old, there’s a theme or extension out there for you.

Firefox is about freedom, and one of the best things Firefox lets you do that Chrome doesn’t Firefox Freedom! Four Things Chrome Doesn’t Let Users Do Firefox Freedom! Four Things Chrome Doesn’t Let Users Do Think Chrome can do everything? Think again. Here are four things Firefox users can do easily that Chrome users basically can't. Read More is customize the interface. Sure, sometimes the Mozilla team changes things users don’t like, but they also don’t lock things down. You can change things quite a bit out-of-the-box: just click the settings button at top-right, then click the “Customize” button at the bottom of the box.customize-firefox

Already you can move around any interface element. You can combine the Bookmarks Bar and Address Bar, if you want, or move icons so that you only see them when you open the menu.

But this is only the beginning. Here are some of best add-ons that let you do even more.

The Fox, Only Better: Auto-hide Everything.

Add-on buttons. Your address bar. Bookmarks. They’re all useful, but do you really need to see them all the time? Do they really need to take away space from the site you’re looking at?

I don’t think so, and if you agree I highly recommend The Fox, Only Better. This add-on lets you auto-hide your bookmarks and address bar until you actually need them. So when you’re just browsing, you don’t see them:

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Move your mouse to the top of the window, or even use a keyboard shortcut to activate the address bar, and you’ll see everything:

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I installed this a month ago and now can’t imagine using Firefox without it. It makes laptop screens seem a lot less cramped, but is worth installing even on huge screens for the way it decreases clutter.

This isn’t some cheap hack: a lot of thought has gone into it. One feature lets you see an indicator, so you know whether a site is encrypted or not. Another shows you the address bar whenever you’re filling in a form, useful if you suspect phishing.

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All this, combined with some choices for both look and transition animations, make a nice total package for anyone looking to free up some space. Check it out.

Classic Theme Restorer: Get That Familiar Look Back!

If you’re among the many who hate the new Firefox look, and think it’s too Chromesque, good news: you can get your old Firefox back, thanks to Classic Theme Restorer. My colleague Yaara showed you how to restore the classic Firefox look How To Restore The Classic Firefox Theme In Firefox 29 How To Restore The Classic Firefox Theme In Firefox 29 "What happened to my tabs? And what is this hamburger-Chrome-looking button in my Firefox toolbar??" Here are some answers for Firefox users who woke up one day to find themselves using Firefox 29. Read More using it, and it works pretty well.

This looks great out-of-the-box, but explore the settings a little if you’d like to keep some elements of the new look while reverting others.

Yaara points out there are a few bugs, but that hasn’t stopped this tool from being consistently among the highest rated Add-Ons for Firefox.

Font & Size Changer

Having trouble reading this? Font & Size Changer makes it easy to bump up the font size in every site you visit, and even Firefox’s interface elements. Just pick a percentage increase, and you’re done.

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This little add-on also lets you use whatever font you want for Firefox’s UI. Change it to Comic Sans and I might cry, but part of what freedom means is giving people the ability to make irresponsible choices.

Personas Plus

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If you don’t like the bland look of Firefox’s UI, it’s worth checking out the huge collection of Firefox themes. The extension Personas Plus helps you keep track of which themes you’ve installed, and also lets you quickly explore themes currently featured by Mozilla. If you love themes, check this extension out.

How Do You Customize Firefox?

I could go on. For example: did you know you can create custom buttons for your favourite bookmarklets How To Turn Any Bookmarklet Into A Customized Toolbar Button [Firefox] How To Turn Any Bookmarklet Into A Customized Toolbar Button [Firefox] Ever since Pinterest came around, I started re-discovering the power of bookmarklets. Recently, Erez told you all about why you should use more bookmarklets and less browser extensions, and while I definitely still use several... Read More ? But I want to learn what you know. If you have any Firefox customization tips, please: point them out! Comments are below!

  1. Me
    December 22, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks a lot !!!

  2. ZoNi
    November 4, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I like when I have slim FF, but with all important bookmarks and buttons. That is why I use Classic Theme Restorer; plus, I have removed text from by bookmarks (leave just favicons), and place all bookmarks, buttons, address and search bar in one row! Works great on both my office PC (Win XP) and home PC (Win 7).

    Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/tIkWT5A.png

    You can not make Chrome that slim, and with so many useful commands available all the time ;-)

    • Justin Pot
      November 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Very nice!

  3. Chris
    November 4, 2014 at 1:50 am

    DownThemAll!, flashblock, NoScript.

    I generally don't do many add-ons. I've found that I needed only two to make it look the way I like. FT DeepDark Theme and Stylish.

    I think you may have left out one of the best aesthetics by neglecting Stylish. It basically allows you to modify the page before you view it so you not only change the browser, but also the web content you view. :)

    • Justin Pot
      November 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      I love DownThemAll! I use Firefox's built-in functionality for making Flash click-to-play, though, so no Flashblock. NoScript is a good idea, but breaks a lot of sites in my experience.

      I was mainly focusing on tools for customizing Firefox itself, not the web you see using it. I think Stylish itself is great.

    • SlackerDude
      November 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      I agree. With Stylish, I was able to bring back my multi-column bookmarks. I have never been comfortable with the bookmarks bar (perhaps I need to make myself explore it further), but I love being able to click "Bookmarks" on my menu bar & have three easy-to-navigate columns pop down.

    • Chris
      November 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      I'm not exactly sure what you mean by column bookmarks, but if you want that gigantic bookmarks menu, I think it's ctrl-b. Also, if any Windows users are missing features of the original menu bar, just tap alt and it pops up.

  4. Megh Parikh
    November 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Two other FF addons I use:

    Instafox quick search : Really handy for multiple search engines without the search bar.

    Profile Switcher : For multiple profiles like Chrome

  5. Nelly
    November 2, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Comodo IceDragon instead of Mozilla Firefox
    AdBlock Plus
    AdBlock Plus Add-On
    BetterPrivacy
    HTTPS-EveryWhere (eff.org)
    NoScript
    NoSquint
    Privacy Badger (eff.org)

  6. KT
    November 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I also use a bunch of useful ad ons, but for appearance only, I put the classic menu toolbar back on. I use the classic bookmarks for important sites (like this one!). And the quick bookmark star icon for sites I may not keep around (mostly adult related stuff!). I also like Duck duck go as my default quick browser.

    • Justin Pot
      November 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      One of the nice things about being a Mac user is that the classic menubar never went away for us, but when I'm on Windows I do get annoyed that it's gone. Glad there's a way to bring it back.

    • KT
      November 4, 2014 at 12:21 am

      I didn't know that about MAC. I use mostly Linux and the look changed just the same as it did on doze. I agree that it's nice to be able to change it back with ease.

  7. Leopardmask
    November 1, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I've got a Gallade persona that I haven't changed in forever.

    • Justin Pot
      November 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Where is it?

  8. likefunbutnot
    October 31, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    * Adblock+ with Easylist, Fanboy's Annoyances, Malware Domains, Warning List Remover, Spam404 and a custom list I keep for myself.
    *ABP Element Hiding Helper
    * Ghostery
    * Noscript
    * Flashblock.

    No, these don't change the way Firefox looks, they just make the web better.

    I do use Classic Theme Restorer to put the Reload button over by the navigation buttons and the Addon Bar so I can continue to use a few other addons.

    I definitely want the bookmarks bar full-time. My bookmarks are ordered in to folders across the top of my browser window. I have something like 2100 bookmarks. They're carefully organized and synchronized with Xmarks and the more important of them have associated keywords for address bar navigation.

    A lot of people really don't use the address bar much since modern browsers typically search for anything that's not a web address, but I use it and Mycroft for a lot of stupid browser tricks. Speaking of, mycroftproject.com probably has the biggest collection of "search plug-ins" on the web and I'm surprised it wasn't mentioned in that context.

    Finally, I use Session Manager to ensure that I can keep my tabs the way I want them.

    • frank j
      November 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Congrats on getting XMarks to work... agree w/ your other add-ons, and for the most bookmarks on one bar and more real estate on the screen-Microfox.

    • likefunbutnot
      November 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      @frank j,

      The only thing about getting a bookmarks sync program to work is that you can only use one at a time. If you're using Firefox or Chrome sync, make sure they're turned off across all your computers and devices.

    • cain
      November 4, 2014 at 1:27 am

      @likefunbutnot,

      Rep+ for the organization of your bookmarks! something I am always either trying to get on top of or keep up with. I have looked long and hard for the perfect bookmarking utility to come along, like a comprehensive visual bookmarking manager, but the search continues. If only Xmarks integrated visual bookmarks I would be set, I'm hoping it will be a new feature eventually. Any recommendations on a management system?

      - Some great extensions I use and recommend -
      * Adblock Plus (Goes without saying)
      * Element Hiding for Adblock Plus (can't have one without the other)
      * NoScript - (Sometimes annoying, but a must-have)
      * Calomel SSL Validation - Should be part of standard web browsing protocol
      * WOT (Web Of Trust) - Saved my but on many occasions
      * HTTPS-Everywhere - No explanation necessary
      * DoNotTrackMe - Because I said so
      * RequestPolicy - Should be part of standard web browsing protocol
      * BetterFox - A must have. About a 30% performance boost for the fox!
      * SessionManager - A Lifesaver after the unexpected shutdowns

      - Honorable Mention goes to -
      * OneTab - Excellent if you smash your RAM with hundreds of tabs open, like me
      * Tree Style Tab - Makes tabs much easier to work with
      * Xmarks - A staple for the budding 'multi-browser user'
      * FEBE - Great for exporting/backup Firefox
      * FavIconReloader - Excellent little tool when moving bookmarks
      * DownloadHelper - Useful for grabbing on page media files
      * DownThemAll - Beefed up download management
      * Ghostery - Can sometimes mess with pages unexpectedly though

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