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Firefox Dictionary: How to Remove a Word

Don’t you hate it when you accidently add a word in Firefox’s dictionary? Most of us can let this go – well, they can let it go until they see that word pop up again.  Then it is a rage that builds up inside us because we don’t know how to remove that accidentally added word from the dictionary.  Don’t worry, I am here to help!

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Remove a Website from Browser History

Remove Single Website from Browser History

Can you make Firefox forget about you visiting one website, without clearing out the rest of your saved browser history?  Yes, you can – and it is fairly simple to do.  This is one great Firefox feature that most do not know about it – so this is why I share it with you today.

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Reorganize or Remove Right-Click Menu Items

Menu Editor for FirefoxIs your right-click context menu in Firefox getting a little bloated? If you go through a lot of extensions for Firefox, you can sometimes end up with more items in the right-click menu than you want.  Then again, sometimes you might just want to move one option to the top while leaving lesser used options at the bottom.  The Menu Editor extension for Firefox will let you customize that right-click context menu.

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Uninstall Unwanted Toolbars in Firefox

Every so often, a program we install will substitute an unwanted toolbar or default search engine in Firefox and we do not want it there.  What is a Firefox user to do? All you need to do is follow a few simple steps and keep a few things in mind next time you install a third party program or visit an unfamiliar website.

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Customize the Firefox Button Menu

Personalize the Firefox ButtonWant to personalize the content shown after you hit the new Firefox button in Firefox 4?  With the Personal Menu add-on for Firefox, this is pretty easy to do.  It allows you to strip or add features from the menu so that you can hopefully get a lot more use out of it.

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Utilize More Browser Screen Space with FlexBar

FlexBar for FirefoxFinding your browsing to be a little cramped? Want some room to stretch your legs or just see more of the web page you might be currently visiting?  FlexBar, a new add-on for Firefox, will give you all the screen space saving tools and resources you need at the touch of a button.

Once FlexBar has been installed, you can very easily configure the visibility of all your menu bars, sidebars, and information bars in Firefox.  You can choose to always show, never show or just hide any toolbar in the Firefox interface too.

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Remove Chat from iGoogle

Remove Chat from iGoogle!

If you are a user of the Stylish extension, you will love this little tip.  I use iGoogle, however I never stay on the page long enough to use the embedded chat they included a while back.  However I am happy to say I found a solution. 

Install this Stylish user style:

Once doing so, the chat (as you seen in the screenshot above) disappears.  To make it work for me, I had to change:

http://www.google.com/ig?hl=en

to

http://www.google.com/ig

However, once that was done – it worked flawlessly.  An easy hack for a very lovable web page.  Got to love these Stylish user styles!

Learn to Manage Your Search Engines in Firefox

I got an e-mail from a reader of Firefox Facts, and they wanted to know  how can you re-organize your search engines in Firefox’s search box that lives in most people upper-right hand corner of Firefox.

This can easily be done via the built in search engine manager.

Manage Your Search Engines in Firefox

Click on Firefox’s search box, as if you were going to change search engines, and look at the bottom for a menu selection titled, “Manage Search Engines”.  Clicking it will bring up the Manage Search Engine List.  From here you can:

  • Edit Search Engine Keywords
  • Move Search Engines Up or Down
  • Remove a Search Engine
  • Restore the Default Search Engines
  • Get More Search Engines
  • Enable/Disable the “Show Search Suggestions”

There you have it.  Now Firefox has not always had this option.  Back in previous versions, you had to do some heavy duty hunting and pecking to really edit and organize your search engine selections.  This at least gives you a more user friendly interface, and I am all about the user friendly around here.

Remove the Resizer “Thingy” in Firefox

remove-grabber Why does Firefox have that little resizer corner thingy?  The one that rests in your status bar, on the far right side.  I am not even sure what to call it.  It has no point, because I can grab Firefox from all four corners to resize it to the size I want.  So the question remains – how do I remove it?

I now turn towards my favorite Firefox modification tool, Stylish to do the job for me.  Go check out ffox 3 no resize”thing” in the lower right corner and load that into Stylish (or Greasemonkey).  Now, you should have a little more status bar room.

As an extra bonus, if you want to make your status bar appear more flat, and remove the borders between things – copy and paste this into Stylish.

/* ::::: flat statusbar ::::: */
.db_downbar, statusbarpanel, .statusbarpanel-iconic,
  .statusbarpanel-iconic-text, .statusbarpanel-menu-iconic,
.progressmeter-statusbar, progressmeter {
  -moz-appearance: none !important;
  border: none !important;}

Credit for that tip goes to the mozillaZine forums.  Doing so should remove the junk and leave things with a cleaner look.

Trouble Removing a Firefox Add-on?

Need Help Removing Add-ons?Ever have a Firefox add-on that just did not want to leave your PC?  Most of the extensions to Firefox are really easy to remove, however sometimes you run into a situation where one is so bad or tricky, it just doesn’t want to let go.  Here are some of the common ways to remove an add-on from Firefox.

The Traditional Way

The way you usually uninstall add-ons from Firefox is to go to Tools and then Add-ons from the menu bar.  In the next Window, you should see your extensions (if not, hit the “Extensions” tab at the top).  Now click on the one you wish to remove, and hit the button labeled “Uninstall”.  You can do this several times if you need to get rid of several add-ons.  Now, simply restart Firefox and your add-on in question should be removed.

Try Removing the Add-on via Safe Mode

Close out Firefox, and start up using Firefox’s safe mode.  Try to use the traditional steps above then to remove the addon that is bugging you.

Checkout Add/Remove Programs

This might change some (depending on what version of Windows you are using) but these general directions should get you to the right spot.  Click on the start menu (or windows globe) and go to the control panel.  From there, you want to go to the “Add/Remove Programs” settings.  Scroll down this list and see if you see the extension in question here that you can not remove via Firefox.  Some toolbars and add-ons install themselves here, rather than the traditional add-ons menu from inside of Firefox.

Last (but not least) Remove the Add-on Manually

You can also remove add-ons manually, but I would leave this as a last resort.  You will need to navigate to your Firefox profile folder.  Once you make it there, look for a folder called “extensions”.  Inside of that folder, you will see more folders with names that look like random ‘bit of text thrown together.  Each folder represents an extension that has been installed. Go through each folder, and look for install.rdf.  Open that up in your standard notepad program and it should tell you the name of the extension you are looking at.  If you can’t find it, search the install.rdf for the phrase “em:name”.  After that, the name of the extension should be given.  You may also find a few themes inside this folder too.  Once you find an install.rdf that matches that addon you want to remove, you can delete that extensions entire folder.

As you noticed, this pretty much covered things for the Windows people to some extent.  If any Apple or Linux fans want to let me know how they do things, please drop in a comment and share with the group!