Downloads, Add-on sidebars with no extensions

You can reduce the clutter in your task bar by opening Firefox’s Add-ons and Download managers in the sidebar rather than a separate window. To do this:

  • In the Bookmarks menu, select Organize Bookmarks… to open the Bookmarks Manager.
  • Press the New Bookmark… button in the toolbar.
  • Enter an appropriate name for the bookmark, for example Downloads.
  • Enter chrome://mozapps/content/downloads/downloads.xul in Location.
  • If you want, you can assign a keyword like dls to be able to open the download manager from the location bar, however it won’t open in the sidebar but the main content area.
  • Check Load this bookmark in the sidebar.

Downloads sidebar

For the Add-ons manager, enter chrome://mozapps/content/extensions/extensions.xul in Location, instead.

You can also open the Bookmarks Manager in a tab, repeat the steps and enter chrome://browser/content/bookmarks/bookmarksManager.xul in Location, and, of course, don’t check Load this bookmark in the sidebar.

Then place the new bookmarks in a handy place such as top in the bookmarks menu or the Bookmarks Toolbar.

Add-ons sidebar

16 thoughts on “Downloads, Add-on sidebars with no extensions”

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  2. Great tip! (Just for the record: Lifehacker had posted something similar quite a while ago.)

    Unfortunately, it’s apparently not possible to open a bookmark in the sidebar when using a keyword.

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  4. Hi, I dont like the new bookmarks, I like to be abletomake a new folder while doing the bookmark,that option is not here anymore, now I have to premake the folder & then put the bookmark into the folder so what used to take 1 click now takes at least 4, will You bring back the option of having the old bookmark system?

  5. This will probably come as no surprise to most of your readers, (given that one is based on the other) but this also works in Flock – except you don’t have the option to open the link in the sidebar. Although, thinking about it there’s probably a system setting on the about:config page that could be changed to allow this.

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  7. On Firefox 3, it seems chrome://browser/content/bookmarks/bookmarksManager.xul is not available.
    Use instead chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul

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