• Published:December 19th, 2015
  • Category:Firefox
  • 1 Comment

*sigh* Firefox, it’s like every update I love you a little less. You used to be this technically advanced lightweight browser that showed Microsoft. But ever since Chrome got popular, you’re just running behind whatever the guys at Google are implementing.


So now Mozilla removed the browser.search.showOneOffButtons option that restored the classic search bar. That “classic” search bar was one of the main reasons why I liked Firefox and this new thing is just a failure.

When you enter a search query, you can’t see which search engine is selected:


Am I searching through Google, Youtube, Wikipedia? I have no idea, it only displays the hourglass icon. In order to know which search engine is selected, I have to click on it.


Then I have to click on the icon of the search engine, which means I need to know which icon is which site, because the name of the site is not displayed (except when I hover it, but that causes an unnecessary delay in my workflow).

Though the new search bar is not as bad as Ubuntu’s Unity or Window’s Metro, I can’t understand why software companies simply don’t keep what uses like and improve what they complain about.


The only way to have the old search bar back is to install the Classic Theme Restorer extension. Yes, you have to install an extension to get basic functionality.

You must configure the extension in order for it to work. Go to the preferences (about:addons > “Preferences” button), click “General UI (1)” and check “Old search”.


If you want to keep everything else the way was, uncheck all the checkboxes in the all tabs and set “Tabs (1)” to “Curved tabs (Firefox default)”.


Now the question is how long this extension will continue to work, because every Firefox update means that some extensions will stop working.

And now back to Chrome.

To change the location of your Firefox-profile folder (or to move it to another computer):

  1. Copy the folder of your profile to the new location (the folder mostly has a random name. you can look it up by opening the profile manager (see down))
  2. Open profiles.ini in the firefox program folder (c:\program files\… on Windows), and change the location of your profile folder.
  3. Other paths also need to be adapted in ini-files in the profile folder. This is because Firefox uses absolute paths and no relative paths. Use a text-tool to look up the ini-files where the folder locations are stored.
  4. Try to run Firefox with the profile manager. If things don’t work out (eg: if your profile looks wrong or incomplete); remove the following files in the root of the profile folder. The next time firefox starts, it will recreate these files with the correct file paths.
  • compreg.dat
  • extensions.cache
  • extensions.ini
  • extensions.rdf
  • pluginreg.dat

To launch the profile manager (linux):

firefox -ProfileManager

See: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Thunderbird_:_FAQs_:_Changing_Profile_Folder_Location

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