Return Firefox to its Pre-Australis UI Look with the Classic Theme Restorer Extension

By Akemi Iwaya on May 1st, 2014

Firefox’s new Australis UI finally landed in the stable channel this week, but many people have been less than pleased with it. So what do you do if you are one of the individuals who does not like the new Australis UI? You customize! Now you can bring the classic UI back to Firefox with the Classic Theme Restorer Extension.

Here is more about the extension and what it can do for your Firefox installation:

From the Extension Homepage: It is recommended to switch to a new clean profile (or at least delete ‘localstore.rdf’ from profile folder) to avoid UI issues after upgrading from Firefox 28 (and older) to Firefox 29 (and newer).

This add-on restores squared tabs, appbutton/appmenu (known from Firefox for Windows), bookmarks menu button, bookmarks sidebar button, history sidebar button and other buttons from Firefox 4-28 (non-Australis) on Firefox 29+ (Australis UI – Windows, MacOSX, Linux). All buttons are fully optional. Some of them have to be moved to toolbars manually using browsers ‘customize’ area.

It really is amazing the difference you will see as soon as you restart Firefox after installing the extension! With just a few quick bits of tweaking via the usual Right Click and Customize procedure, you will see the Firefox you have come to know and love waiting for you once again.

Note: The extension worked very well on our PortableApps version as seen above.

Visit the extension’s homepage linked below for a very detailed description about the extension and to view an impressive set of screenshots from the developer.

Install the Classic Theme Restorer (Customize Australis) Extension [Mozilla Add-ons]

For those who may be interested in it, the theme featured in the screenshot can be found here:

wheat [Mozilla Add-ons]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 05/1/14
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