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Answer quickly: which is better, Firefox or Chrome?

Some of you may have a quick answer, but many others don’t. Why? Because browsers keep changing, computers keep changing, and most importantly, our needs keep changing. Since Chrome first came out 5  years ago, I’ve been going back and forth between browsers, changing my favorite at least once a year. And that’s not even counting Opera, Safari, and the rest. How many times have you changed your default browser in the past several years?

It seems that every time we finally settle on one, the other releases an awesome new feature, and every time we go after that feature, we’re reminded of how much we actually liked the looks of the old one. You simply can’t win. Unless, of course, you decide to combine the two into one.

Fox In Chrome Clothing

While there are several ways to do this, the one I will show you today is laughably simple. It’s called FXChrome, and it’s a regular Firefox theme. Just like any other Firefox add-on, all you have to do is install it, restart your browser, and behold the magic.

Right now, your Firefox window is probably looking something like this:

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The sharp-angled tabs, the colors, the ugly orange button.. all these may be getting on your nerves, especially if you got used to Chrome. FXChrome changes all that, and more.

Here is what the same window looks like, this time with FXChrome enabled.

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The change is immediately noticeable. Not only are the tabs, colors, and buttons different, FXChrome manages to make everything seem neater and more tightly packed into the toolbars. The orange button is nowhere to be seen, replaced with a nice-looking and minimalistic Firefox logo.

You may not notice at first, but it’s more than the obvious things that change. The transformation goes all the way down to the color and font of Web addresses, and the color and shape of website certificates.

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Even tiny things like the new tab button and the tabs’ close button change to look exactly like they do in Chrome.

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You’re probably asking yourself, what’s this ugly gap between the tabs and the toolbar below them? Don’t worry, most chances you won’t have this on your system, unless, like me, you decided to tinker with your browser and manually change your tab height.

If you’ve never messed with these things you can safely ignore the gap and look at the bigger picture. It’s all those little Chrome flavors right inside your Firefox browser!

What About That Pesky Firefox Button?

I feel your pain. A while ago (right after my last traumatic switch from Chrome back to Firefox), I told you about 3 Firefox add-ons 3 Firefox Add-Ons That Provide The Chrome Features You Love & Miss 3 Firefox Add-Ons That Provide The Chrome Features You Love & Miss As you’ve probably experienced yourself, when you get used to a browser, no matter the annoyances, there are certain features that really grow on you. Features you feel you cannot do without, and are keeping... Read More that help you get your favorite Chrome features. One of these, Moveable Firefox Button, is very useful even today. Install it.

While FXChrome gets rid of the annoying orange button for you, it’s still stuck way up there on the top left corner. With Movable Firefox Button, you can move the menu button to its proper place on the right.

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So now it’s in its right spot, but it still looks nothing like Chrome. If that’s an issue for you, you can install the FXChrome App Button userstyle which will turn the Firefox button into the same button you see in Chrome. In order to do this, you’ll need Movable Firefox Button installed, as well as another add-on called Stylish.

There are endless things you can do with Stylish, and you an read all about them in our full Stylish review How To Fix Small Annoyances On The Web With Stylish [Firefox & Chrome] How To Fix Small Annoyances On The Web With Stylish [Firefox & Chrome] Web designers have an almost impossible job. They need to come up with one design that pleases everyone. When talking about a service like Gmail, used by countless millions of people all over the world,... Read More . For this, however, all you have to do is click “Install with Stylish” on the userstyle page. The immediate result will be this:

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Isn’t it awesome?

Can I Do Even More?

With a flexible platform such as Firefox, you can always do more. In fact, FXChrome is just a collection of userstyles packed into one theme. You can find more userstyles right on the add-on page, and there are bound to be more out there that can help you reach the perfect result.

Are you ready to dress Firefox like Chrome? Or perhaps you wish to dress Chrome like Firefox? Do you know other dress-up options worth knowing about? Tell us in the comments!

  1. Ernie
    September 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Now if you had an article on how to make Chrome's terrible, over-simplified to the point of useless, interface look like Firefox, then you'd really have something!

    • Yaara L
      September 23, 2013 at 4:49 am

      I'm on the lookout for something like that, so far can't find it!

  2. IridescentShadow
    September 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Nice way to improve a poor UI, but the main reason I love Chrome so much is Developer Tools, which just aren't as good in FF.

  3. Kelly
    September 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm
  4. dragonmouth
    September 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    If I had wanted Chrome, I would have installed Chrome. There is nothing that Chrome offers that I want. I also try to minimize the number of Google products I use. Google intrudes into our lives enough already without giving them additional access.

    Yaara, whenever you write about Firefox you always complain about the "big, ugly, orange button". I have been using FF since its Phoenix incarnation and I never saw any orange button, ugly or otherwise.

    • Yaara L
      September 23, 2013 at 4:48 am

      dragonmouth, I'm shocked! You actually have something negative to say? Who would have thought!

      I truly understand that there's nothing in Chrome you want, I'm not making you install any add-on. It's for people who like the way Chrome looks, not for those who don't, obviously.

      As for the button, you can see it in one of the screenshots above.

    • dragonmouth
      September 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

      "I’m not making you install any add-on"
      You missed my point. If one is SO in love with Chrome, why not just install Chrome instead trying to make FF look line Chrome? It's like running Linux and trying to make it look like Windows. It's illogical.

      "As for the button, you can see it in one of the screenshots above."
      I don't doubt that you see the button. I think the difference may be that you run FF under Windows and I use Linux. The other possibility could be the themes that we use although that is far fetched since, for a long time, I used the default FF theme and the orange button did not intrude.

    • Yaara L
      September 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      I completely understand that you find themes pointless, but not everyone else does, obviously. :)

  5. Karl J. Gephart
    September 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Great advice - I use and love the theme and addons you mention. However, with Firefox 25 coming out with rounded tabs, I'm hoping to ditch FX Chrome (it's a little bit of a resource hog). I like Private Tab better than Window, and Roomy Bookmarks Toolbar will help free up some toolbar space! Thanks!

    • Yaara L
      September 23, 2013 at 4:47 am

      Great suggestions, thanks!

  6. David
    September 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Why? I still don't understand why? If you like FF then why make it look like Chrome? From what I understand you don't gain anything with the face lift other than visual impact.

    • Eric H
      September 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Because to some people visual impact can be more important than function.

    • Rodrigo G
      September 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Why not? :)

    • Amit G
      September 18, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Looks of chrome and performance of FF. Many will prefer to have that.

    • excentrically
      September 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      This article invalidates its own argument. Firefox for the win, why would I want it to look like Chrome?

    • Yaara L
      September 23, 2013 at 4:46 am

      It's a matter o f personal taste. :)

      When I switched from using Chrome for a while back to Firefox, I missed Chrome's looks, but didn't want to use it anymore. I ended up getting all kinds of add-ons to change things around so they look more like Chrome.

      Didn't know about FxChrome back then. :) Anyway, it's for fun. If you don't like or miss the way Chrome looks, there's obviously no point.

  7. Harshit J
    September 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    That's why we love Firefox.

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