Firefox 3 / Firefox 4: Remove Bookmarks (or Any Other) Toolbar

   Posted March 26, 2008 by David Kirk in Mozilla Firefox

Never being the fan of the bookmarks toolbar in any browser, the first thing I wanted to do in FF3 (or FF4) was to remove it. Here are a couple of ways that toolbars can be hidden in this new version of firefox. This article has been updated for the new release of Firefox 4.

Screen real estate is vital to me. Excessive toolbars in the browser decreases the amount of viewing area. Okay, so I occasionally use the toolbar for my high res youtube bookmarklet… but most of the time I want as few toolbars as possible.

Anyway, here is how to remove toolbars in Firefox 3 or Firefox 4. There are two easy ways.

Click the View menu -> select Toolbars -> then select which toolbars you want to be enabled or disabled.

Alternatively, you can right click on some areas of the toolbars and get the toolbar selection menu from the context menu that appears.

Where to click is not always consistent. For example, clicking the HOME link in the bookmarks toolbar will show this menu. Clicking any of the other links will not.

Here is a screencast demonstrating this tutorial.


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David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • Frank

    Thanks, it worked for me. 😀

  • Phil


  • Paul

    …That doesn’t remove it from the bookmarks menu, and ideas anyone?

  • a

    Thanks for the help. The bookmarks toolbar was annoying.

  • LT


  • j0eg0d

    Here’s a little add-on that allows you to hide the Menu Bar.

    God knows I use keyboard shortcuts for almost everything and I just don’t need it.

  • Navajojo

    Thats really helpful and all, but what do i do when the toolbar doesnt show up in the toolbar menu, or in the list of programs in the add/remove part of control panel?

  • Ildikocska

    Thank you!!! Shame on me, that was very simple. Now I have bigger view area.

  • Nuno Bojar

    how do i reinstate menus? Right now I have none.

  • Kate

    Thank you so much!  I was getting really worked up with a Norton one.