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stratiform firefoxThe competition between Firefox and Chrome is getting ever fiercer, and as users, it’s us who hold the power to choose which browser makes our lives better. Without commenting on which is actually superior, I can tell you that these days I’m using Firefox, and I’m pretty happy with it. But, as you probably know, you can always be happier with your browser. This is where Stratiform comes in.

Browsing our Best of Firefox page, which includes almost 80 awesome add-ons, I found this customizable add-on, which makes me feel as if Firefox is really my browser. After several minutes of playing with Stratiform, I was able to create a personalized version of Firefox that was both much nicer (for me) to look at, and more comfortable to use.

If you love Firefox just the way it is, and have no dreams about a better browser, skip to the end just to lay eyes on my wonderful creation. If, however, you’re dreaming of orange tabs and round buttons, give this awesome add-on a try.

Stratiform Styles

As you’ll see in a second, Stratiform uses a clean Metro (or shall I say, Windows 8 style) design, which is very easy to understand and use. I will go over each of the add-on’s tabs separately, and show you exactly what you can do with all these fabulous options. Let’s start with the “Styles” tab.

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The really awesome thing about Stratiform is that you get to see the changes you make immediately, making it really easy to choose your favorite. On the Styles page you can play with your toolbar buttons, the icons on those buttons, the way your tabs and text fields look, and much more. Simply choose a style from the dropdown menus, and watch Firefox change in front of your eyes.


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Here you can see the changes I made to my buttons and tabs. You can choose any combination you like best, and control just about everything on your Firefox window.

Stratiform Colors

After (or before if you’re wild that way) choosing your styles, you can start changing colors. The interface for colors is pretty straightforward, and you can choose colors for your buttons, selected tabs, unselected tabs and even the infamous Firefox button. You can choose from a number of preset colors, create your very own color or enter a color code.

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Play around for a minute, and you might come up with something as pretty as this:

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Hopefully, you’ll come up with something even better. Notice how my orange Firefox button has turned a fierce blue!

Stratiform Settings

Here is where you can control things like the shape of your buttons, the width and height of your tab, the position of the bookmark star icon, and even the Firefox logo.

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Using these settings, you can get those round buttons you’ve always wanted, get the Firefox button to stay whatever you want, or change the icon on it if you have a button like I do. There are many more things you can do from here, you just need to explore!

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Even More Customizing!

Being such a customization heaven, Stratiform itself is also customizable. Use the “Stratiform” tab to change the highlight color on the add-on menus, to reset everything and start from scratch, and to report bugs, give feedback or make a PayPal donation.

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If all these choices are just too much for you, there are also some presets you can choose from. Each preset gives a slightly different taste to your Firefox window through styles and colors, but nothing is over the top. All the presets are all pretty ordinary. On of the presets, “Soft7”, made all my buttons look for squished. Unreadable, really. This didn’t go away until I reset everything through the Stratiform settings, so beware. This is probably a bug.


Finally, Firefox Is Beautiful

As I said above, I’m happy with Firefox and its speedy update cycle. The Mozilla team seem to be taking us users seriously, and new and useful features are added pretty rapidly. That being said, after playing with Stratiform, I can be very happy with Firefox. I might not keep the crazy colors forever, but soon enough I’ll find a wonderful theme of my own creation, and I’ll never look back.

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Do you like Firefox as it is, or do you think it could use a Stratiform facelift? What do you use to customize your browser’s appearance? Share below!

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  1. Trotter
    October 8, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I have customized Firefox for years. Firefox allows you to move almost any part of the interface (buttons, windows, whatever) to where ever you want. I use the All-In_one Sidebar and loads of customized buttons, as well as combining the default toolbars to make it all mine.

    Chrome... you can't do that.

  2. Deekshith Allamaneni
    September 26, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Yes, I always feel that Firefox is much more better than Chrome. Its my personal choice although.
    Unfortunately, Stratify is not available for Linux.

  3. GrrGrrr
    September 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I'm happy with my FF as it is.
    Wouldn't be using Stratiform to make FF fancy, unless I have 8Gb of ram

    • Yaara Lancet
      September 26, 2012 at 1:18 am

      I have 4GB, and it worked well. Didn't seem to make Firefox more RAM thirsty either. On the other hand, I do understand the need to use as little add-ons as possible. Firefox can easily get really bloated and things get out of hand.

    • Deekshith Allamaneni
      September 26, 2012 at 2:23 am

      Using Firefox personas is a better option for you as it does not take any extra RAM. Even I prefer personas. :)

      • Yaara Lancet
        September 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm


  4. 0c6892ade2f19fb5ad6953033450ad0b
    September 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I have several Firefox add-ons on a couple different computers, an older XP and my Win 7 laptop. Seems like I can't quite seem to get them to look & act alike. Oh well, variety is the spice of life, I still love Firefox. Will definitely try this one, though.

  5. Andy Bristow
    September 25, 2012 at 9:52 am

    You never mention that Firefox is a 32bit browser, and that you can also use Waterfox a 64bit browser based on Firefox.

    • Yaara Lancet
      September 26, 2012 at 1:17 am

      Thanks for mentioning it, then!

    • Igor Rizvi?
      October 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks for the info ,didnt know that :) ill try it out now