3 New Ways to Customize in Firefox Quantum

Ben Stegner 22-11-2017

Firefox’s completely revamped version, Firefox Quantum Firefox Quantum Arrives to Challenge Google Chrome Firefox Quantum is faster, better-looking, more streamlined, and more useful, and it may be able to give Chrome a run for its money. It certainly uses less RAM... Read More , has arrived. This new age of Firefox brings speed improvements, a fresh new look, and less resource usage.


If you’ve just upgraded to Quantum, you should know a few quick ways to customize your browser. These either weren’t in older versions of Firefox or have changed in Quantum.

First, make sure you have Quantum installed. Visit Menu > Help > About Firefox to check for updates if you already have Firefox installed, or grab a fresh copy from Mozilla’s website if you’re new to Firefox.

Once you have Quantum, select the three-bar Menu icon in the upper-right, then choose Customize. From there, you can access the three below options:

3 New Ways to Customize in Firefox Quantum Customize Firefox Quantum

  1. Configurable space on your address bar. When you open the Customize window, you’ll notice white boxes on either side of the address bar. You can use these to add whatever icons you’d like from the list below. By default, you’ll have flexible space on both sides, but you can drag them to remove if you don’t like one. You can also drag another Flexible Space icon up to the taskbar for more icons.
  2. New buttons. In Firefox Quantum, you’ll find some new buttons to add to your bar. These include a Forget button, which lets you quickly remove browsing history from the past few minutes or hours. You can add a separate Search box if you want to for some reason. Other useful options include a one-click Email Link button and a shortcut to the Options menu. If you want to keep any of these handy but out of sight, drag them to the box on the right.
  3. Updated themes. Chances are that some of your old extensions stopped working How to Check Which Firefox Extensions Will Stop Working in Firefox 57 Firefox 57, arriving in November, changes the way that extensions work. All Firefox users should check their addon list to make sure you aren't in for a nasty surprise when they stop working. Read More in Firefox Quantum. If one of those was a theme, you’ll have to pick from one of Firefox’s new offerings. Check the Themes button on the bottom of the Customize window to find a new one. You can select one of the defaults, or click Get More Themes to browse for more.

What do you think of Firefox Quantum so far? What’s your favorite way to customize the browser? Tell us down in the comments!


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  1. Music Mugger
    December 26, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I don't like the way it blocks any site it or someone else doesn't like. Wikipedia has been a popular site for years, and safe, but now firefox has taken it upon itself to be the town Marshal, and block it, along with other sites used by millions. It tells you why it's blocked in a non valued way, but not how to unblock. What happened to the intelligent drop down menu, where you could select if you want to ignore their biased decision?
    Firefox may be fast and full of add ons, but when it starts making decisions for me, it's time for it to go the same place as Microsoft and Google, the bin. New Opera is the way to go now Mozilla, I was with you back in the early days, but now you are taking the piss

  2. JC
    December 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    i am not so happy with Firefox Quantum,i use K MELEON and so fast,why is firefox so slow?

  3. Herman Cost
    December 1, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Virtually all of the powerful Firefox customization options and great add-ons are now gone for good. Firefox is now nothing but a pale copy of Chrome. Mozilla made the mistake of ignoring the wishes of its users and development community, and, because of that this so-called upgrade will fail badly.

    The only thing Mozilla did well was the marketing campaign for Quantum. What they don't tell you is that for an unnoticeable increase in speed you lose everything you actually liked about the browser

  4. vferg
    November 22, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Used to be a Firefox user back in like 2006-08. Then they had a lot of memory leak issues and it was causing more problems for me then doing its job. Went to chrome and have enjoyed it ever since. When Windows 10 came out I will be the crazy one and say I actually enjoyed using Edge, the first year it was out it had a lot of compatibility issues with sites and some links just wouldn't open at all. It runs great though, looks nice enough, and finally featured extensions so I have been mostly just using Edge since Win 10. Now that this new browser is out and a lot of coworkers said it was really nice I decided to give it a try. Wow is it nice! I do think its pretty funny though that it looks IDENTICAL to Edge and chrome combined. Whatever though, so far its been very stable, fast, and less resources than the rest so I definitely will be making the switch permanently soon.

  5. dragonmouth
    November 22, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I see that Mozilla is taking the lead from Google and concentrating on adding eye candy to FF instead of functionality. In fact, it made many extension incompatible with Quantum, making it less functional.

    • Tom
      November 24, 2017 at 4:04 am

      Agreed. Key extensions that made Firefox more useful for me became incompatible. I downloaded an older version of Firefox, making those extension work again. I'm happy. It doesn't matter how fast the car runs, if you can't steer it the way you want, it's unusable.

      • frank
        November 25, 2017 at 4:58 pm

        You took the words out of my mouth, currently of very little use and not much hope forward.
        Waterfox 64-bit still miles ahead.

      • David Mcgregor
        November 26, 2017 at 5:37 am

        You will not be saying it's unusable when due to using an older version you start having security problems or the old version becomes unstable due to unfixed bugs.

  6. Learjet
    November 22, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I'm a real Google Chrome power user, but I found myself intrigued by the new Firefox and it's alleged new speeds, so I downloaded it and OMG, I'm loving it! It's faster, snappier and more intuitive. I never thought I'd switch, but after completely customizing it and adding my bookmarks and passwords from Chrome to Firefox, I'm kinda hooked.

    I still think Chrome is prettier and I'll definitely not abandon it entirely, by any means, but for now, I'm sold on Quantum. Everybody should give it a try. Customizing it was actually kind of fun. It reminded me of back in the day when I used Firefox as my main browser. I'm truly impressed!