Kyle’s KwikFix – Change Firefox Appearance.

December 30, 2008

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Goal: To change the appearance of Firefox using several techniques.

Firefox is a great browser for many reasons. As soon as you switch to it, there is a noticeable difference in performance, convenience, security – and even appearance. Firefox boasts the ability to change appearance either rearranging the buttons and menus, or with a complete makeover with themes. Are you not using Firefox, but suddenly want to? Download it here.

This is an example of what Firefox can look like after you fix it up. Yours does not have to look like this, that is the beauty of Firefox, it's what YOU want!

This is an example of what Firefox can look like after you fix it up. Yours does not have to look like this, that is the beauty of Firefox, it's what YOU want!

Step 1: Turn off the status and side bar.
Turning off the status and sidebar doesn’t contribute to the look of Firefox too much, but does give you more screen real estate. What you do is go to the View menu in Firefox, find the Status Bar item, and uncheck it. Then to remove the sidebar, click the View button again, find the Sidebar submenus, and make sure all those items are unchecked. Now you should have a little more space for looking at your sites!

Step 2: Rearrange your menus.
Rearranging your menu items also saves some space, and gives you a chance to make it what you like it to be. What you do is go to the bookmarks toolbar, right click, and then in the menu that pops up, Uncheck your bookmarks menu. Then that bar with Live Feed and Most Visited disappears. Now go to where you can get that menu again (Right click in the toolbar) and click Customize this time. A window like this pops up:

The Customize menu allows you to add and remove stuff from your toolbars.

The Customize menu allows you to add and remove stuff from your toolbars.

When this window opens up, you can add and remove icons from your menus (Drag N’ Drop), and the menus actually unlock so you can rearrange them (You can rearrange them like mine, and if it doesn’t look right make sure the “Use Small Icons” box is checked and that you turn off the navigation toolbar when you are done). When y0u are done, click the “Done” button and tada, just the way you want it!

Step 3: Pick a theme.
Visit the Firefox Addons Site and find a theme you like. When you find just the right one, click “Install” and a window will come up with its status. When it finishes, it will need to restart. When Firefox reopens, it will have the new theme automatically installed! (If you find that isn’t the right one, go to the Tools menu and click Add Ons. Click on the Themes icons, and then click the default icon, then click Use Theme. It will have reset.)

Well I hope this guide has helped you in your Firefox journey! There are plenty more ways to configure Firefox, just take a Google at “Firefox Tweaks”.

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3 Responses to “Kyle’s KwikFix – Change Firefox Appearance.”

  1. Sandi Says:

    I see that you have both commands and icons in a single tool bar. How did you do that? It’s very neat! Also which theme do you show here?
    Thanks, S

    • Kyle Hotchkiss Says:

      Hi Sandi!
      first you’re going to make sure you have firefox 3 đŸ˜‰ (Help -> About will tell you)

      then you want to click on the toolbar your text menu is on (like file, edit, etc) in the black spot and click “customize”. (A window will open with items to add) Then all the icons will move. You just drag and drop the icons to the top bar. If you don’t want an icon, just drag it over to the “customize” window. When you are done moving them just click “done” in that customize window.

      Hmm, I am using the default theme (with small icons) but it is in vista, so if you are in XP, it will not look like that.

      Hope that helps!
      Kyle

  2. Sandi Says:

    Hi Kyle,
    Thanks a million. I thought I had to download another add on to make this happen, but with your directions it works beautifully. Makes the tool bar so much less cluttered!
    Yes, I have XP so I will not get your neat Vista look, but my next move is to theme with Chromifox.
    I am brand new to Firefox 3, what took me so long? Slow to change but then always a huge fan of wonderful new things. Thank you so much for sharing! Your kindness is appreciated! Sandi


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