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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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Very Annoying

Familiar face

Extensions Button Should be Removable that's my advice to make Firefox Better.

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There was a way to do this in about config but that has now been removed. There was a post by the admins saying to not post such ideas in future.

Firefox used to lead the way but now all they seem to want is to copy other browsers. I get it that we now have an extension button just like all the others but have any of the developers asked themselves why we need to see it all the time? Is it just to ensure that anybody who glances at a firefox screen thinks to themselves, oh it is just like Google, Chrome  etc?

I understand that changes are coming to extensions which will require them to be grouped together but why can we not just tuck it way in the overflow menu?

Firefox used to be associated with freedom for the user to customise to their personal preference but not any more it seems.


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It is noticeable that nobody has asked for it to stay!

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Sheer, absolute ARROGANCE on the part of Mozilla.  I can only suspect they've been infiltrated by the likes of Microsoft an Gnome Project.  They are showing the same sort of disregard and even hatred of the user base shown by those groups.

Waterfox, PaleMoon, maybe even Seamonkey.  Non-Chromium browsers that don't hate their users.  Mozilla themselves are proving to be completely useless.

Strollin' around

It's ridiculous that I can remove the url/search bar from the toolbar but not this one new extension button. I don't need this button, i only have a couple of extensions I need within each access (stylus) and I just pin that to the toolbar directly. The rest I just don't need to be able to configure within seconds, it makes no sense to force me to have that one button visible at all times.

Firefox should be about user customizability, user choice, and user respect. This change is not consistent with any of those ideas.

Please let me remove the extension button from the toolbar like I can do for everything else.

Strollin' around

It is absurd that we cannot remove or even MOVE the unified extensions button. Everything else can be moved. Please get back to the days of being the browser everyone wants instead of the open source alternative people need but do not want. Listen to your users!

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I use the button only when i install and set a new extension, otherwise i won't bother open it, now i took a permanent icon position, just annoying.

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Please, at least let me move it to the overflow toolbar.

In 115.3 ESR, that about:config preference, which some of the many closed support tickets refer to, doesn't work for me.  Nor does dragging to overflow (though some of the closed tickets suggest that was planned).

This might seem like a very small thing, especially if one imagines that everything else is fine, but it's also symbolic.  Mozilla is not Google, nor Apple, nor Microsoft.  In general, over the years, Mozilla has been relatively more respectful of the user and their preferences.  At the times that Mozilla has made opinionated design changes inconsistent with users' high expectations (sometimes obviously linked to funding, sometimes not), there has been noticeable loss of goodwill.  The people who care about these things are the people who use Mozilla and promote it to others.

Please consider.  Thank you.

Strollin' around

Forced to update Firefox again because of critical security vulnerability and they have added this useless irremovable button... every time I'm forced to update it some new pointless annoyance. This only reason I still use firefox is for tab mix plus and it's 95% of what I like about it.

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@DemoergoThe developers know that removing all and any options for the puzzle button is unpopular, but I think that's why they did it - because otherwise, everyone would abandon it an just drop extensions into the overflow menu as it used to be possible.

Tab containers is the only thing that I still use Firefox. If they manage to break those somehow, I'm gone.

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Please let us put the puzzle button somewhere hidden, it's too easily accessible rn and I'm trying to control my monkey brain. Let me hide it.

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Maybe there needs to be a "build-scripts" version of Firefox, so we can compile versions without all the boneheaded decisions, while keeping up with security fixes.

I'd have suggested an extension to fix the Firefox UI mistakes, but after Mozilla changed the Extensions API to the "new-and-shiny" half-finished replacement, a whole lot of extension makers simply abandoned Firefox.  So not much hope there.

This arrogant dismissal of the userbase and usability sounds more like something the overlords of the GNOME Project would do (who seem intent on breaking GTK for everyone else).

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I thought the arguement in favour of the icon was security related to the... web extensions feature?

And the changes to the extension system were definitely security related.

I don't think what you're proposing makes any sense, security updates go hand in hand with annoying changes.