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Add a Vertical Bookmarks Toolbar to Firefox

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Have you ever wanted a vertical bookmarks toolbar instead of a horizontal one? Then consider your wish granted with the Vertical Bookmarks Toolbar extension for Firefox.


Here is our regular horizontal “Bookmarks Toolbar”…not bad, but how about something different?



Once you have installed the extension and restarted Firefox, you will notice two things immediately… First, the regular “Bookmarks Toolbar” has disappeared. Second, take a close look at the left side of your browser…see that nice collapsible sidebar waiting for you?


With a simple click of your mouse your new “Vertical Bookmarks Toolbar” appears and is ready to go.

Note: You can easily adjust the width of the toolbar to best suit your personal preferences.



If you decide that you would like to do a little bit of tweaking to your new “Vertical Bookmarks Toolbar”, these are the options that are available.

You can easily switch the toolbar to the right side of your browser, decide which mode (closed, opened, or previous state) that you want your toolbar to open in, enable or disable auto-hiding, and set custom time limits for your auto-hiding and opening options.


Vertical Bookmarks Toolbar in Action

To access your bookmarks click on the folder to see the individual bookmarks and then select the one that you would like to open.

Note: Individual bookmarks not in folders open automatically when clicked on.


And just like that you are ready to enjoy all of that “Vertical Bookmarks Toolbar” goodness.



If you have a wide screen and are wanting to regain some extra vertical real-estate, then the Vertical Bookmarks Toolbar just might be the extension that you have been waiting for.


Download the Vertical Bookmarks Toolbar extension (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 11/2/09

Comments (5)

  1. biesiad

    All-In-One Sidebar has also this funcionality(and much more). Thanks for the effort though. Cheers.

  2. gyffes

    As most screens nowadays (esp lappies) have far more side-to-side space than top-to-bottom, such a move should be built in.

    And the morons at Redmond need to realize that if I move my taskbar to the side of the screen, I don’t want it to suddenly get wider b/c it’s still trying to include a lot of text with the icons. This is truly where Apple got it right w/ the Dock (and where linux panels, at least in Gnome and XFCE, do alright in that you can manually change whether text appears).

  3. Tom

    Seemed like a good idea until I installed it, but it wiped out almost all my other toolbar buttons, and when I tried replacing them using “customize toolbar” most of them were no longer available. Once I disabled Vertical Bookmarks the missing buttons were once again available. The Vertical Bookmarks was nice, but not at the expense of losing all those buttons (e.g. full screen, print preview, search, yahoo mail, etc.)

  4. bobrob

    Yea you could install this, or.. You could just click on the bookmarks button added to your toolbar by right clicking on the toolbar and selecting customise.

  5. Philistin

    One time on two the vertical toolbar doesn’t appear. I have to close FF and open it again to see the toolbar. Annoying.

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