Archive for Sunday, October 15, 2006

Removing ‘Go’ Button

Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2006 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 2.0, Fx 3.0, Tips & Tweaks

Firefox 3 Users: This tweak does not work with Firefox 3 as the Go Button has been removed now.

With the new default theme for Firefox 2 there is not a ‘simple’ way to remove the ‘Go’ Button from the navigation toolbar. I never used the go button since I simply press enter after I type in address. This will make your address box a little bigger as well. There a couple ways you can remove the Go Button either via about:config or modifying your userChrome.css file.

about:config method

  1. Open a new tab and type about:config in the address bar OR if you are using the about:config extension, click the about:config button
  2. In the filter box type (or paste) browser.urlbar.hideGoButton
  3. The default settings is FALSE — double click anywhere on the entry to change it to TRUE
  4. Changes are effective immediately

userChrome.css file method
note: to use this method you need the ChromEdit Plus extension

  1. From Firefox tools menu select ChromEdit Plus and then select ChromEdit from the sub menu
  2. ChromEdit will open in a new window (or tab). Go to the bottom of the document and paste:
    #go-button-stack, .search-go-button-stack {
    display: none !important;
  3. Click the ‘Restart Firefox’ button in ChromEdit
  4. Changes are effective after Firefox restarts

Note: This DOES NOT work with Firefox 3, the developers have release a patch which removes of the ‘Go Button’.


Nightly Tester Tools & Thunderbird

Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2006 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Fx 2.0, Thunderbird

In my Nightly Tester Tools entry I talked about using this extension with Firefox. The newest version 1.2 works with Firefox 2.0b1-3.0a1 plus Thunderbird 2.0pb1 (pre-beta)-3.0a1 and SeaMonkey (former Mozilla Suite browser) 1.5a.

The installation for Thunderbird is a little more complicated since it doesn’t do the automatic XPI install like Firefox:

  1. Go to the Nightly Tester Tools site
  2. On the bottom right of the page RIGHT-CLICK on the Install Latest Version button
  3. Select from the context menu ‘Save Link As…’
  4. Keep the default file name (nightly-1.2.xpi), but save it to the desktop
  5. Minimize Firefox
  6. Toggle to Thunderbird
  7. From the Tools Menu select ‘Add-Ons’
  8. Minimize Thunderbird (note the Add-Ons window should still be on the desktop)
  9. Drag the nightly-1.2.xpi file from the desktop and drop in the Thunderbird Add-Ons window
  10. Follow the instructions and then once the install is done, restart Thunderbird
  11. Drag the nightly-1.2.xpi file into the recycle bin

Now you have the ability to get your favorite extensions working again in Thunderbird 2. As with Firefox though, forcing some extensions to work with Thunderbird 2 can result in odd behavior and broken main window. Use at your own risk.

ChromEdit Plus

Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2006 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Fx 1.5, Fx 2.0, Thunderbird, Tips & Tweaks

One of my favorite extensions from back in the Firefox 1.0.* build days was ChromEdit. Unfortunately, when Firefox 1.5 came out that extension was broken and the developer never made a newer version. I am not sure but I think I had tried to force it to work with Nightly Tester Tools without luck. Someone had come out with a newer version for Firefox 1.5 builds (and this may be the newer version). Today I came across ChromEdit Plus which has the same features as the original ChromEdit and some others:

  • Edit userChrome.css, userContent.css & user.js files
  • Open Profile Folder, Open Chrome Folder, Open Install Folder options
  • Toolbar buttons for above options and ChromEdit
  • Restart Button
  • Open In A Tab (Firefox only) option

A couple points to note, if you have an older/modified version of ChromEdit installed, you will want to uninstall those, unless you don’t mind having duplicate extensions installed. Also this can replace the Open Profile Folder extension.

These extensions work with Firefox 1.5, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1 builds as well as Thunderbird 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0 builds. Check out the developers site for installation instructions, more information and other extension: ChromEdit Plus Firefox or ChromEdit Plus Thunderbird.

Updated: 02/13/2009 — Added Fx 3.1 and TBird 3.0 to compatible builds list.