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Firefox 4 and that wee menu!

Some of you have certainly been having your amusement with Firefox 4, namely minefield (you know why its called that? cute!)..

from UbunbuVibes, “Firefox 4 daily builds added a new feature that brings better integration with Gnome desktop as it now applies appropriate colour gradients from your current GTK theme.”  So I had to have a wee look, and there it was.

But then I realised there is something I don’t have, lets download or update our Firefox..

Click your terminal, or get it from applications menu, accessories and one of the terminals of your choice.

input these commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox-4.0

You now have the latest firefox 4. You will find it in your Internet menu, possibly under the name of “minefield” and please remember, this is beta, so it really is full of little mines waiting to blow! (I already had a few surprises).


When you start your Firefox, right click a clear space on the menu bar area, uncheck menubar, and it should disappear, and then the wee menu will magically appear somewhere, depending on your own preferences.

How did I get this cute little I icon up there? Its actually the main menu!

Wont take long to get used to that new layout I suppose. I have no doubts it will be editable also, but I haven’t yet found that… By default you wont have the wee icon. You can keep it by default or thanks to our friends over at OMGubuntu I managed to get a little assistance with this tweak.

Find the ‘userChrome.css’ file likely appearing at home/.mozilla/firefox-4.0/userprofile.default/chrome’.

Open the file in your text editor of choice. Paste in the following code: –

#appmenu-toolbar-button {
  list-style-image: url("chrome://branding/content/icon16.png");
#appmenu-toolbar-button > .toolbarbutton-text,
#appmenu-toolbar-button > .toolbarbutton-menu-dropmarker {
  display: none !important;

Hit save, and restart Firefox. When it re-opens you’ll see a neat icon in place of that wide text menu.

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