How to Move, Unlock Toolbars in Firefox

Firefox does not have a lock / unlock Toolbar option (like IE). So how can you move or unlock Firefox toolbars and organize your toolbars better to optimize screen space, and make it look elegant.

I was using my friend’s laptop and see his messy Firefox toolbars.

messy firefox toolbars

In the first line, the location bar where you type the url is really small, displaced by the bookmarks toolbar which is aligned on the right side of the location bar (instead of Google search box). The second line is a big blank line wasting useful screen space. The third line is a super long google search box which has displaced the Google toolbar beyond the screen.

So how do you move and relign these toolbars? Internet explorer users will say it is easy as IE features a Lock Toolbar button, by which you can easily unlock the toolbars, organize them and then lock the toolbar when you are done.

lock toolbar

However, Firefox has no Lock or Unlock toolbar buttons, and it is impossible to drag-drop these toolbars, because nothing gets dragged anyway.

Move, Align, Unlock Toolbar in Firefox

So here is the secret – Right click on the top of the Firefox toolbars

customize firefox

Click the Customize option and a pop-up screen jumps out – do NOT select anything on it, and do NOT close it. With the screen open, in the background now you can now move the toolbars wherever you want. It works as simple drag and drop. When you are done, simply click “Done” on the pop-up screen and your Firefox toolbars are locked in the new position.

If inspite of all efforts you still cannot get toolbars in their original position or want to start fresh, then try “Restore Default Set” option on the pop up screen and you will get all sorted to the original configuration. But remember a lot of your alterations, buttons and settings will need to be set again.

restore toolbars

If you want Firefox extensions to do all the work for you – then use DragNDrop Toolbars, a Firefox addon which will make your toolbars Drag and Droppable! Here are 15 popular toolbars which you can set on your Firefox panel, and then drag them around to power up your Firefox.

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About the Author: P Chandra is editor of QOT, one of India's earliest tech bloggers since 2004. A tech enthusiast with expertise in coding, WordPress, web tools, SEO and DIY hacks.