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Customize Your Menus in Firefox

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Would you like a way to edit menus and remove the extra entries that you do not use or need? Now you can with the Menu Editor extension for Firefox.

Note: This extension also works in Mozilla Thunderbird.


For our example, we decided to focus on the “Tools Menu” in our Firefox Browser. Here is the menu before editing…


A Look at Menu Editor’s Two Modes

Once you have installed the extension you will need to access the “Options” in order to start editing menus. Menu Editor comes with two different modes…”Simple & Advanced”. Here is what “Simple Mode” looks like…to access “Advanced Mode” click on the “Advanced Mode Button” in the lower right corner.


This is “Advanced Mode”…from here you will need to choose the particular menu that you would like to edit. Notice that there are “Reset & Reset All Buttons”.


For those who are curious, these are the entries available for the drop-down menus shown above.


Menu Editor in Action

We selected “Tools” from the drop-down menu on the left and then scrolled through the entries changing “green check marks” to “red Xs” for each entry that we wanted to hide. All that is required is a single click to make the change… Once you have finished editing the menu you can preview it by clicking the “Apply Button” to see if there is any additional editing that you would like to perform. When you are finished click “OK”.


Here is our “Tools Menu” after editing…it certainly got shorter and easier to navigate.


Resetting Menus

Perhaps you decide that you want to undo the changes that you have made to a menu. Find the menu that you are wanting to reset in the drop-down menu and click the “Reset Button”.


Once you have clicked the “Reset Button” you will be presented with the following message window. Click “OK”. Once the menu has finished resetting click “Apply” and then “OK” to finish up and close the “Options Window”.



If you find yourself looking for a way to slim down the menus in your browser, then the Menu Editor extension is definitely worth taking a closer look at.


Download the Menu Editor extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Download the Menu Editor extension (Extension Homepage)

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 12/23/09

Comments (5)

  1. chuck

    Also check out the extension, “Personal Menu.”

  2. Chris Kemp

    This is a handy and simply productivity enhancer. Folks who use Firefor every day will be thrilled to use this. It makes Firefoz menus behave as YOU want them too!

  3. Castle_Rock

    I love the menu editor, its a great add-on to slim-down the Firefox menu’s and now I can find what I am looking for on the menu without any issues!

  4. Tiana

    Is there anyway to do this with a 3rd party extension? same with setting it so that when you open a new tab it loads your home page and isn’t blank? I don’t like having got download a metric ton of of extensions that slow down my browser in the end. So I am wondering is there a way within the program to do these things? even if it involves using about:config it’s be better than downloading more stuff.

  5. Tiana

    Sorry, typo in previous comment. Meant to ask if there was a way WITHOUT a 3rd party extension.

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