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firefox orange menuFirefox’s interface is completely customizable, including its orange Firefox menu button. You can change its name or color to anything you want – you can even set a custom background image or add your own logo. After you’ve tweaked the look of the button itself, you can easily customize the options that appear when you click the Firefox menu button.

To make most of these changes, we’ll be editing Firefox’s userChrome.css file – by modifying this file, we can change the appearance and functionality of Firefox’s interface 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 . The userChrome.css file is located in your Firefox profile folder How To Use Firefox Profiles & Run Multiple Firefox Profiles At Once How To Use Firefox Profiles & Run Multiple Firefox Profiles At Once Firefox stores your browser data – bookmarks, history, preferences, extensions, and everything else – in a directory known as a profile. Each user account has a single profile by default, but you don’t have to... Read More – if this file doesn’t exist, you’ll have to create it.

Creating Your userChrome.css File

To open your Firefox profile folder, click the Firefox orange menu button, point to Help, and select Troubleshooting Information. Scroll down and click the Show Folder button on the page that opens.

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Inside the Firefox profile folder that appears, double-click the chrome folder, and then double-click the userChrome.css file inside it to edit it with Notepad. You can also edit it with any other text editor AkelPad vs Notepad Plus - Can It Even Compete As A Notepad Alternative? AkelPad vs Notepad Plus - Can It Even Compete As A Notepad Alternative? There are lots of Notepad replacements out there, and it seems like everyone has their own favorite. Notepad++ is one of the most popular, but AkelPad is a more minimal option. AkelPad is a fast,... Read More you prefer, like Notepad++ Soup Up The Notepad++ Text Editor With Plugins From The Notepad Plus Repository [Windows] Soup Up The Notepad++ Text Editor With Plugins From The Notepad Plus Repository [Windows] Notepad++ is a worthy replacement for Windows’ in-built and much loved text editor, and comes highly recommended if you’re a programmer, web designer or simply someone who finds themselves in need of a powerful plain... Read More .

If you don’t see the chrome folder or the userChrome.css file, you’ll need to create them. Right-click in the Firefox profile folder that appeared after you clicked the button, point to New, select Folder, and name it chrome. Open the chrome folder and create a new text file in the same way, naming it userChrome.css (replace the .txt file extension with .css). If you don’t see the .txt file extension, you’ll have to tell Windows to not hide file extensions 4 Common Windows 7 Problems And Fixes 4 Common Windows 7 Problems And Fixes Read More .

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Customizing the Button’s Appearance

Copy and paste the following code into your userChrome.css file to get started:

@namespace url(“http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul”);
#appmenu-button {
background: #orange !important;
}
#appmenu-button dropmarker:before {
content: “Firefox” !important;
color: #FFFFFF !important;
}
#appmenu-button .button-text {
display: none !important;
}

If you already have some text in your userChrome.css file, omit the first line (the one that begins with @namespace) and copy the other lines of text to the bottom of the file.

Each line here is pre-filled with the default settings, but you can change each setting.

  • To change the button’s background color: Change the #orange after background: to another color. For example, to use a dark blue, replace #orange with #0404B4.
  • To change the button’s text: Replace “Firefox” with your desired name. For example, you could enter “MakeUseOf”.
  • To change the button’s text color: Replace the #FFFFFF after color: with your desired color. The default #FFFFFF represents white – to use a light gray, use #F2F2F2 instead.

To choose your custom colors, you’ll need the hex color code (also known as HTML color code) for the color you want. You can get this information from a variety of websites or programs, including RaphaelColorPicker, which we’ve covered in the directory.

After making the example tweaks above, we’d end up with the following code:

@namespace url(“http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul”);
#appmenu-button {
background: #0404B4 !important;
}
#appmenu-button dropmarker:before {
content: “MakeUseOf” !important;
color: #F2F2F2 !important;
}
#appmenu-button .button-text {
display: none !important;
}

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Save the userChrome.css file and restart Firefox after making your changes.

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Adding a Background Image Or Logo

You may want to customize the button further by adding a custom background image. This can be used to add an organization’s logo (or any other image you likes) to your Firefox menu button.

To do so, replace the “background: #orange !important;” line with the following line:

background-image: url(“image.png”) !important;

Replace image.png above with the full path to your image file. This can be a local path beginning with file:// or a remote path (URL) beginning with http://.

You can also include both the background: and background-image: lines. If your background image is partially transparent, it will be overlaid over the background color. For example, if I had a PNG image file named makeuseof.png stored in my user account’s Pictures folder Windows 7 Libraries Explained - And Why You Want Them Windows 7 Libraries Explained - And Why You Want Them Read More , I could use the following code for the appmenu-button section:

#appmenu-button {
background: #0404B4 !important;
background-image: url(“file:///C:/Users/Chris/Pictures/makeuseof.png”) !important;
}

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Customizing The Menu’s Contents

Use the Personal Menu addon for Firefox to customize the options that appear when you click your Firefox menu button. This addon gives you an Edit This Menu option when you click your Firefox menu button.

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Click the option and you’ll see an easy-to-use graphical window for editing the contents of your Firefox orange menu. You can add new options, remove existing ones, or rearrange them.

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If you’re a Firefox user, be sure to check out our regularly updated list of the best Firefox addons.

How do you customize and tweak your Firefox installation? Leave a comment and share any cool tricks you use!

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