7 Great Customization Add-ons for Firefox

Sandy Writtenhouse 19-03-2015

Whether you use Firefox daily for work or weekly for pleasure, add-ons The Best Firefox Addons Firefox is famous for its extensions. But which addons are the most useful? Here are the ones we think are best, what they do, and where you can find them. Read More can help make your browser experience tailored just for you. These customization add-ons provide a new look as well as a personalized way to use Firefox.


Personas Plus [No Longer Available]

One of the easiest and most popular ways to customize your Firefox experience is by using Personas Plus. This add-on allows you to pick and change the skin or theme of your browser window as often as you like.

A list of categories is available to narrow down the type of skin you would like, for example, there are seasonal, holiday, nature, music, and sports themes. So, when Halloween rolls around you might choose and pumpkin design, for summertime you might pick an elegant beach skin, or maybe you might stick with a theme from your favorite movie. By hovering your mouse over the picture of the skin or theme your browser window changes to show you a preview of the design.

A Personas Plus skin can be added to Firefox immediately or added to your collections or favorites if you are logged in. You can also read reviews on the skin, write your own review, or see other designs by that artist. Personas Plus also offers you the option to create a custom design.


Personas Rotator

A nice accompaniment to the Personas Plus add-on is Personas Rotator. This add-on will rotate the skins used from your favorites if you are logged in or rotate through random designs if you are not logged in or do not have any stored favorites.


You can choose options such as the category and interval time for the rotation. By default, Personas Rotator will change the skin every minute. However, you update it to rotate at different intervals up to one hour, create a custom interval, or have it rotate on startup. You can also disable the rotation if you would like to keep the skin appearing at the time or you can skip to the next skin if you see one that you dislike.


Personas Shuffler [No Longer Available]

Personas Shuffler is another accompaniment to the Personas Plus. This add-on will change the Personas Plus skin each time the browser loads. This is nice for a fresh view every time you open Firefox. Simply have the designs from Personas Plus you like installed and Personas Shuffler will display a new one each time you open Firefox.



NoiaButtons [No Longer Available]

If you are tired of the boring default toolbar Going Vertical - Free Your Browser Window From Clutter With Vertical Toolbar [Firefox] I love Firefox. Yes, it’s not perfect, I’ll admit to that in a heartbeat, but for me, it’s almost everything I want from a browser. One thing that does bother me though, is its slight... Read More icons, NoiaButtons is a great add-on to check out. This add-on changes the buttons for home, bookmark, full screen, and others to colorful, cartoon-like buttons. This one works with Personas Plus so that if you choose a new skin or theme, you can continue to enjoy using NoiaButtons.



This Firefox add-on is both convenient and great for customization. Colorful Tabs has many features such as different styles, domain presets, and custom colors.

Here are a few of the most useful features of ColorfulTabs:

  • The Tab Styles allows you to set the selected tab to be highlighted or blink upon mouse hover. You can also choose and download striped or polka dot patterns for your tabs.
  • The Presets allow you to have a tab automatically set to a specific color per the domain. This is very helpful when you have several tabs open at once. For example, if your Gmail tab is always colored red then no matter how many open tabs you have you will be able to quickly switch over to check your email.
  • General settings allow you to change the appearance of tabs to create a fade affect for inactive tabs or round the tab edges.
  • By turning on the context menu, once you right-click a tab you have options to change the tab color, reset the color, have it recolored at random, or even convert your tabs into mini-mode.


Classic Theme Restorer [No Longer Available]

This handy add-on brings back some of the buttons, tab preferences, and toolbar options from previous Firefox versions; i.e. restoring the classic Firefox theme 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 . There are many customization options with Classic Theme Restorer, so we will take a look at just a few.

  • Tab options include curved or squared edges, changing tab location, custom dimensions for height and width, color customization, and a red close icon can even be added.
  • Toolbar options include different sizes and modes for icons which can show or hide text, findbar location settings, and the ability to add more toolbars.
  • Other options include activating animations for bookmarking, closing tabs, and opening panels along with showing or hiding panel menus and zoom controls 6 Add-Ons To Improve Firefox Page Zoom Feature Read More . There is also the option to customize the Firefox button, borders, and backgrounds.


Menu Wizard [No Longer Available]

This is a very helpful add-on as it allows you to customize the Firefox menus. You can configure the different menus by removing or adding items, changing the names of items, and even adding Cascading Style Sheets of your own.


Menu Wizard allows you to change the main Firefox panes, Menu Bar, Tab Context Menu, Main Context Menu, and the Bookmarks Toolbar. You also have the ability to change the keyboard shortcuts by adding, removing, or editing the shortcuts.

This is the perfect add-on for tailoring your Firefox menus for those items you use most, while allowing you to remove or hide those that you do not ever use. If you change your mind later, just reopen the Menu Wizard options and make your updates.


What Do You Use to Customize Firefox?

Add-ons allow you to make as many or as little Firefox customization 6 Customization Tricks Only Possible In Firefox Firefox is a great browsers for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons is how it can be customized. Here are a few important tricks that prove you should be using Firefox. Read More changes as you like. Is there an add-on that you use to personalize Firefox that you would like to share? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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  1. clermont40miles
    March 23, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    PrintEdit - remove clutter before printing

  2. Michael Dowling
    March 21, 2015 at 1:30 am

    I have many of the addons mentioned above. I have just installed Zenmate Security and Privacy ,a free VPN FF addon which seems to work quite well.I am also fond of the Walnut theme for Firefox.Gives a nice,warm,wood-grain look.

    • Sandy
      March 21, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      I love checking out different themes and have seen a Walnut one which is really nice. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Trotter
    March 21, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Several of mine have already been mentioned. Here's a few more

    Adblock Plus
    All-in-One Sidebar
    BBCodeXtra (I am an admin on a forum and frequent several so this is a great one)

    • Sandy
      March 21, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      I have been wanting to try the All-in-One Sidebar add-on and am looking at BBCodeXtra now. Thanks for the info!

  4. A41202813GMAIL
    March 20, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    The Greatest Extension For FF Is FEBE.

    Among Other Features, It Allows Saving Already Installed Individual Extensions With The Format .XPI.

    I Wish There Was A Similar Extension For OPERA15+ Or CHROME, That Would Allow Saving Formats Like .NEX Or .CRX.


    • Sandy
      March 21, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks for the input; I'll have to check that one out!

    • A41202813GMAIL
      March 23, 2015 at 8:47 am

      My Pleasure.

      Thank You For Responding.

  5. cg
    March 19, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Some of my favorites:
    Classic Theme Restorer
    Cleanest Addon Manager 7.0
    CopyAllUrls 0.9.2
    Desktop Notifications for Android
    FindBar Tweak 1.4
    FlashDisable 1.0.0
    Forecastfox 2.2.4
    Greasemonkey 3.0
    Modern Download Manager0.2.1
    Mozilla Archive Format
    Shorten URL (bitly) 0.94
    Status-4-Evar 2015.01.31.02
    Stylish 2.0.2
    Super Start 7.3.3 Downloader
    X-notifier 3.5.
    Ant Video Downloader
    DownThemAll! 2.0.18
    QrCodeR 0.7.8
    Tab Auto Reload
    Tamper Data 11.0.1

    • Sandy
      March 20, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks cg, you have a nice list here too. I use Bitly, so that is a good add-on. I am going to check out QrCode have been wanting to try X-notifier as well. Thank you for sharing, this is a good list!

  6. Doc
    March 19, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I have a few "must-haves": NoScript (block JavaScript until you whitelist a site); Grab and Drag (drag pages up, down, and sideways if needed, like Adobe Acrobat's "hand" tool); DownThemAll! - multi-threaded downloads like the old GetRight app; FireBug (I'm a web developer by trade); NoSquint (adjust full-page zoom *and* text zoom on a per-site basis); FoxClocks (digital clock in the toolbar); Disconnect (block tracking); uBlock (block ads); Redirect Cleaner (remove tracking redirects); Blacken (make awful grey-on-white, or worse, text legible with a click); Secure Login (like classic Opera's Magic Wand); and a few more.
    Chrome's addons don't even come close.

    • Sandy
      March 20, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      That's a nice list, Doc! I need to take a look at FoxClocks and Grab and Drag for sure. Thank you for sharing!

    • Christian
      March 20, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Great list - had some I haven't heard of but now seem essential (Grab and Drag)