The default Firefox theme doesn’t match Windows Vista very well—but with a few extensions and a Stylish script, you can customise Firefox to use a slick, well-integrated look with Vista Aero transparency effects.
This is the customisation that I’ve been using daily for a long time—these aren’t all of the extensions I’m using, just the ones that make Firefox look the way it does in the screenshot.
- The Glasser extension makes Firefox use Aero transparency. I’m using version 1.0.16 since the recent versions aren’t compatible with Firefox 3.0.
- The dark blue bar is added with the Stylish extension using one of the many Glasser Add-on CSS scripts.
- To create the icon-only toolbar, I simply deleted the text from each one of the bookmarks. I’ve been known to use the FavIcon picker extension to customise them.
- The top menu is removed and consolidated into a single button on the right-hand side using the Personal Menu extension.
- The Fast Dial extension gives me quick and easy access to my most frequently used sites. It’s not as good as the Google Chrome start page, but it’s more easily controlled.
- The Tree Style Tabs extension moves my tabs over to the sidebar, which optimises the use of space on my widescreen display. Another added benefit is that you can close all tabs in a “tree” at once by tweaking the options.
The great thing about Firefox is that you can use the extensions that suit your own preferences—I’m not trying to say that these are the ones you should be using, just that these are the ones that work for me.