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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 [No Longer Available], 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:
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.
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.
Even tiny things like the new tab button and the tabs’ close button change to look exactly like they do in Chrome.
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 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.
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. For this, however, all you have to do is click “Install with Stylish” on the userstyle page. The immediate result will be this:
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!