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Yodel5447
Strollin' around
Status: Trending idea

With the version Firefox 109 release, you added this new button without the option to change its position or move into the overflow area. Please let use move it. I can remove/hide almost every other UI element in the browser, why not this?

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ialreadydidthis
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Just say no to mv3

Eriline
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So, after almost two decades - Good bye, Firefox

aginghippy
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After 30+ years using Netscape, Phonex and Firefox, this single change has got m,e looking at other browsers for the first time. As a temporary workaround I've pinned my verfsions at 110 (annoying pop-up in Windows included, YaST in Tumbleweed makes it much easier to blacklist any update) and won't be upgrading. I looked at pulling the currrent source and trying to "fix" it myself by just removing the diff's associated with the extensions thing, but I'm not a good enough coder to do that unfortunately. Anyway, much as I dislike the chromium based browsers, it looks like I'll be heading there if the FF devs don't see the light of day and at least return the option to disable this poorly recieved, poorly implimented and poorly designed mandatory interface element.

Since femoving unwanted features almost never happens, my vote would be to reinstate this solution: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1403154 and add an option in settings to make it easy to set. Then run a telemetary survey after a few months to see how many users keep the extensions icon and how many don't. Of course, the default option (on/off) will need to be varied so as to correct for the "I ever tweak anything" crowd, 'cause the deault setting will be the winner, independent of whether people like this or not.

 

SenileOtaku
Making moves

Waterfox (G5.1.3) has been working fine, and doesn't have this change.  The Overflow Menu still functions as before as well.  So that's still an option as opposed to falling into the Chromium trap.

The major extension I've had trouble with on Waterfox, which still works in Firefox, is Video DownloadHelper.  Seems to be adequately functional other than that.

 

aginghippy
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Not looked at WF for a few years. Will revisit.

arandor
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I don't need *every* extension in the menu. I had just the ones I wanted in the overflow menu. Now that's screwed up and Firefox is much less usable. Please either go back to the overflow menu or give us the option to decide how we want it set up.

I downgraded to 110 then changed the "channel-prefs.js" file from "release" to "default" to shut off future updates. Until they deal with this issue, I'm sticking with v110. If they never deal with it, hello Brave.

onefish12
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I do not have ANY extensions, so this new button hurts my OCD. Every time I look at it, I am reminded of the selfishness of Mozilla because surely this is deliberate. Will that make me switch to the Trojan browser called Chrome? Not necessarily. But if it bothers me enough over time, I may have to find an alternative. I say this as someone who has used Firefox from its inception nearly two decades back.

Mozilla, listen to your faithful users. They keep your afloat.

arandor
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I downgraded to 110 then changed the "channel-prefs.js" file from "release" to "default" to shut off future updates. Until they deal with this issue, I'm sticking with v110. If they never deal with it, hello Brave.

SenileOtaku
Making moves

Using  the CSS hack only gets rid of the Extension Icon.  We still don't have a solution to restore the Overflow Menu functionality.

I still think if the Firefox devs really think there should be an icon for an Extensions Manager, they should have just pinned it to the top of the existing Overflow Menu, and left the functionality of the Overflow Menu as it was (being able to move your toolbar icons there).  It would only expand out the Extensions list if you specifically clicked on the icon within Overflow Menu, otherwise not.

noway
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Do you have a Chrome insider working for Mozilla deliberately trying to frustrate and hijack users over to Chrome?  Sometimes seems that way.  Find out who he/they is/are and give them the axe. 

bussdriver
Strollin' around

The faithful users can be IT people who DECIDE if firefox is allowed on the organization's devices... and many people just want to use what they have at work...

Mozilla needs to stop going the extra mile to be hostile to it's user base. This move removed functionality from the overflow menu and had to take extra steps to make a unique toolbar item that is unlike all the others. It sure seems like some employee wants a job at google...

If they want extra work they could have made the toolbar item auto-add itself after your 1st extension or every new extension. People without extensions NEVER need to see it.

Unlike MOST software firefox is quite extendable and new UI changes can be tested by bundled extensions and then see how many remove them...or hate on the extension. Being open source, a faction of users can continue work on it and it could evolve to integrated or default.  Something to consider is "bundled extensions" which can't be removed but can be disabled (including replacement extensions) or a bookmark like list of the mozilla bundled extensions set which can be re-added easily at any time.  I certainly would like an easy way to add the most common set of extensions (outside organizational IT.)

Subk
Strollin' around

What purpose does it serve for a quickmenu for addons to include ones with no function to click on them?

If you don't allow hiding the menu, then at least add a toggle in about:addons for which addons to include in the list.

novaboy
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2 incompatible methods to customize the toolbar is bad UI 😠

1 of them being immutable is bad UI 😠

i don't care what defaults you think you need to put out there just make sure people who use this browser as a tool can control it.

handy work around from Terry

"I discovered that you can hit the extension button, right-click on an app's button, and select "pin to toolbar."

titef3105
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Long time Firefox user, first time commenter. I haven't really had a problem with Firefox before, but the instance on keeping this button fixed when everything else is changeable is baffling

Rgyver2
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Thank You - MintMain21

your techdows link gave me the data needed to fix this. https://techdows.com/2023/03/remove-extensions-button-firefox-toolbar.html

I already use stlyesheets to fix the wretched and eternally despised "tabs on top".

i just added the line of code to the bottom of my existing userchrome.css file. now the unwanted and unmovable extensions icon is gone.

stylesheets have been a life saver against the FF team's repeated attempts to anger and alienate the people that use their browser.

Firefox Team, listen up! - Your community loves this browser for its customization. That is your strong suit and a huge gift. FF is the only browser i use since I can make it the way i want. I also like Brave but I do NOT use it on my computer because i cannot put the tap on bottom (WHERE THEY BELONG for me). I have resorted to using older outdated versions of FF until i found solutions to fix the un-customizable changes you make. I like my FF browser layout. If you make a change to it, consider your community's wishes and make it customizable!