I'm using the latest stable Firefox 30.0. I'm bothered by the big round Back button and the wide address bar that goes with it.

Firefox Big Back Button Example

I would like it to change it to a lean Back button (just a rectangle) and a thin address bar.

The usual advice is to right-click the toolbar, click Customize and enable "Use small icons". But Firefox redesigned the browser customization recently and the new look doesn't have this option.

I'm open to installing add-ons to solve this, but a browser-only solution gets priority.

Note: I'm not looking for rectangular tabs.

My main intention in asking this was to reclaim the wasted space from the wide address bar. I like the Australis look, and I don't mind having it (with the round Back button). For this reason, I picked Australis Small Icons over the Classic Theme Restorer.

  • If you load the Stylish add-on (addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/stylish/…), it gives you a front end to a vast searchable collection of themes and modifications for almost every aspect of the user interface. You can also try them out before you install them. – fixer1234 Oct 15 '14 at 14:54

Well, I don't know of any browser-only solution. I guess there's none like that.

So, I will advise you to install an add-on like the Classic Theme Restorer or Australis Small Icons. You will get the small icons and the thin bar.

If you want to get back the rectangle tab (not Australis, like before), choose the Classic Theme Restorer add-on.

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    Neither add-ons seem to change the round Back button to a rectangular one that takes up less space. I don't want rectangular tabs. Thanks though. PS: Don't use code blocks for non-code content. Please use italics, quote marks, etc. – ADTC Jun 16 '14 at 6:06
  • FWIW, I tried the Australis Small Icons add-on and I'm happy that the tab bar and address bar are now taking up 24% less space. The Back button is still round, but it's not so bad. Thanks! :) – ADTC Jun 16 '14 at 6:33
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    24% exactly... like you measured it in pixels??? o_O – Falco Jun 16 '14 at 8:19
  • Well, not exactly. How does 23.94366197183099% sound to you? :D Yes, measured in pixels. Original: 71 pixels wide. After enabling add-on: 54 pixels wide. – ADTC Jun 16 '14 at 8:43
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    To expand on my previous comment: Classic Theme Restorer has an option called "Movable back-forward button". When activated, it restores the square-ish buttons. – Doktoro Reichard Jun 16 '14 at 13:28
  1. Install Classic Toolbar Buttons.
  2. Enable small buttons in addon settings.
  • A little more detail to Greg's solution. It is Preference --> General UI --> Mode --> Show icons only. Thanks Greg! – YH Wu Oct 15 '14 at 14:12

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