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1. Firefox Basics > 6. Make Firefox Look Different

Make Firefox Look Different

Don’t put up with blank walls. You can wallpaper Firefox back into your life.

The menus, toolbars, and dialog boxes that Firefox provides can all be changed. Collectively, they are called the chrome . You can change the content of the chrome, which includes the set of widgets that are made visible in the window. Alternatively, you can change just the appearance of the chrome. In that case, the buttons and other widgets stay the same, but the graphics, text, and colors that decorate them are all different.

To change chrome content, install an extension from the ToolsExtensions menu. Extensions are small pieces of programs, not too different from a Java Applet or a Microsoft Excel macro. Some are very sophisticated and are effectively whole applications. This book is full of discussions about which extension does what. Chapter 4 Chapter 4, Web Surfing Enhancements, is a good starting point. We won’t go into detail about extensions here. We’ll just cover the install process with the simpler example of adding themes, which is done the same way.


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