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I have Firefox beta installed and when I visited Facebook the other day I turned on Messenger for Firefox. I tried it and I think I'll pass. However, I do not see any way to turn it off. I skimmed through Firefox Options and returned to the Facebook "Turn On" page, but I do not see a Turn Off button anywhere. I can't even hide the Facebook buttons added to my navigation toolbar by dragging them into the Customize Toolbar window. The Mozilla article announcing the Social API claims "It’s just as easy to remove", but offers no instructions on how to do so. How can I turn off Facebook Messenger for Firefox?

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To turn off Facebook Messenger for Firefox, first click on F (Facebook logo) button on the Firefox navigation toolbar (top right side). Clicking the F button will bring up a menu with three options: Show sidebar, Show Desktop notifications, and Remove from Firefox. Select Remove from Firefox to bring up a confirmation popup.

Facebook Messenger menu

On the Remove Facebook Messenger popup, select the Remove Facebook Messenger button to turn off Facebook Messenger for Firefox.

Confirmation popup

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Type in on the adress bar about:config, then search for social.enabled and change the value to false.

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To be absolutely sure. I right clicked each social.* entry and clicked Reset. The icons in my navigation bar went away and when I checked the Facebook Messenger for Firefox page, the button was no longer enabled. –  BennyMcBenBen Oct 27 '12 at 12:20
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CLick the Facebook "F" Icon on the top right of firefox, and there, on the dropdown menu, is an option to turn it off.

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This answers the question "how do I turn it of" but not "How do I uninstall it" and should be a comment. –  vgoff Nov 17 '12 at 18:18
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Turn off : Tools > Unselect Facebook Messenger for Firefox
Uninstall : Urn it on > Facebook logo in toolbar > Remove from Firefox

This will do the about:config thing without going into it (wich is /DANGEROUS/ for most of users).

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For 'Turn off', it looks like 'Facebook Messenger' is under Firefox > Options or Menu Bar > View > Toolbars. –  BennyMcBenBen Nov 25 '12 at 12:51
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Here is a good guide from Mozilla http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-does-facebook-messenger-firefox-work

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Welcome to Super User! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  slhck Nov 30 '12 at 10:19
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