June 8, 2008

Go Button in Firefox 3

I’ve been playing around with Firefox 3 lately, and so far everything I’ve seen is really good. It kept all that was good about Firefox 2, and added a few nice new features. But there was one thing that needled me a little bit, so I sought out a way to fix it. The issue is that the “Go” button in the Firefox address bar now only appears when you’re typing a new address. Once you arrive at the site, it disappears. I like to have it stick around, since sometimes i use it in a way similar to the Refresh button. So I found the way to make the Go button always visible in Firefox 3. From that site:

First you have to find the folder that holds your current profile. Once you’ve opened it in your favorite file management program look for a directory named chrome. If the directory doesn’t exist go ahead and create it and drill down so you’re looking at the directory’s contents.

Once you’re in the chrome folder in your current Firefox 3 profile look for a file called userChrome.css. Again, if you don’t have a file by that name it’s ok, just go ahead and create a blank text document (text file for the Windows users) and call it userChrome.css. Open the file in a plain text editor (Notepad, Gedit, Geany, or whatever you prefer to use for editing text files, as long as it’s not a word processor like Word, WordPad or OpenOffice.org Word Processor). Once the file is open put this in at the end of it:

#urlbar[pageproxystate="valid"] > #urlbar-icons > #go-button { visibility: visible !important;}

Save the file and restart your Firefox 3 beta and voila! The Go button should always be in your Location bar, ready for your use at any time.

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  1. David says:

    Also, if you use the excellent locationbar extension (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4014), there is an option to always show the go button.

    Posted June 22, 2008 @ 7:48 am
  2. aaron says:


    Posted June 22, 2008 @ 7:32 pm
  3. Hellmark says:

    While there are extensions that solve this issue, some people prefer going extensionless when possible, to reduce overhead.

    Posted June 29, 2008 @ 1:03 pm
  4. Dystopian says:

    You could also use Stylish for Firefox, it has a style available amongst many to permanently show the go button.


    and here’s the style you load in …


    Posted July 17, 2008 @ 12:20 pm
  5. AL says:

    This is the Best Fix.

    This extension DID make the “Go” button remain visible. However, it also made my awesome bar appearance change to how it was in Firefox 2 – one line autocomplete, rather than the new Firefox 3 style. I still wanted the Firefox 3 style; I just also wanted the go button. So I ended using the “Show Go!” extension instead, which left the Firefox 3 style, while still returning the Go button.

    Posted January 11, 2009 @ 10:15 am
  6. KLL says:

    can i assign a hot key (shortcut) for the Go Button ?

    Posted June 4, 2009 @ 6:17 am

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