Saturday, May 10, 2014

SOLUTION: Restore File Menu and Bookmark Behavior to Firefox 29

I woke up this morning to a new Firefox (version 29, the official debut of Mozilla's new "Australis" theme) that I was quite unhappy with. For one thing, the Menu Bar was gone (with the File, Edit, View menus, etc.), and for another, the "star" button for adding bookmarks was just instantly shoving all my bookmarks into the "Unsorted Bookmarks" folder without giving me a chance to pick the proper folder or set tags.

I'm running Windows 7 64-bit and my currently installed Mozilla Firefox is 29.0.1. Here's how I restored the Menu Bar and figured out how to add bookmarks properly.

First, how to restore the menu bar:
  1. Press ALT on your keyboard. The Menu Bar will momentarily appear at the top of your Firefox window. It will automatically go away if you select any commands until you "anchor" it with the next step. If you accidentally do something to make it go away, just press ALT again.
  2. With the Menu Bar showing, go to View > Toolbars > Menu Bar.

    If you find that you don't like having the Menu Bar, you can hide it again by going to View > Toolbars > Menu Bar again.
Next, how to add bookmarks like you could in previous Firefox versions:

  • If you're showing the Menu Bar, you can go to Bookmarks > Bookmark This Page. This will pop open a dialog by the star button where you can enter tags and select the proper folder to store the bookmark.
  • If you don't wish to use the Menu Bar, you can just press CTRL+D to open the bookmark dialog.
  • The little clipboard looking icon next to the star opens your Bookmarks list.
  • To get to the searchable bookmark organizer view, you can either go to Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks or click the clipboard button and scroll all the way to the bottom of the list, where you can click Show All Bookmarks.
  • Also, if you've added any new bookmarks since Firefox updated to version 29 and you're wondering where they went, take a look in the Unsorted Bookmarks folder.
  • If you find yourself using the Blue Star method, one sort of useful thing about it is that once a bookmark is stored (when the star appears blue), if you click the star again, it will bring up a dialog where you can tag and move the bookmark. So, instead of using CTRL+D to add a new bookmark, you could just click the star twice. It's kind of a strange implmentation (basically, you create an untagged, unsorted bookmark, and then tag and sort it), but it works well enough.
Also, I'm not much of an addons user, but lots of folks who were similarly annoyed with Firefox 29 have installed the Classic Theme Restorer and seem pretty happy with it.


jed said...

Eh? You must be on Windows, menu bar doesn't seem to have gone anywhere on OSX.

jed said...

I find the star button still works exactly the same in FF29+ for OSX.

Once just to dump it straight into unsorted, twice to bring up dialogue box & select exactly where you want it to go.