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MenuEditor

February 29th, 2008 at 6:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox no pointLink

Do you use every single menu item on your Firefox pulldown menu? Is every one of them necessary? Of course not!

This week, we review the MenuEditor extension.

Overview

The MenuEditor extension takes your existing pulldown menu and allows you to configure every menu item on the dropdown.

Installation

The installation is small at 50k. After the installation, a reboot of Firefox is required.

After Firefox restarts, the MenuEditor can be found through the Add-Ons dialog box under the Options button.

Features

The MenuEditor provides a simple interface and an advanced interface. I started using the simple mode and proceeded to show/hide menu items.

The nice thing about this extension is the ability to disable certain menu items and not delete them. You never know when you'll want them back (I'll get to that in a minute).

MenuEditor preferences

If you want a menu item disabled, left-click on the checkmark to hide it. Clicking the red 'X' enables the menu item. If you want to disable a top menu item, look to the right of the listbox to see the visible checkbox. Click it on or off to show or hide the menu option, respectively.

So, after moving through the simple interface for a while, I thought it was time to step it up a notch and try the advanced interface. Click the button at the bottom right to activate the advanced mode.

In the advanced mode, the configuration panel expands and lists the options available to place on your pulldown menus. Select the menu option under available and view the menu options underneath. Drag and drop the menu items from the available listbox commands on the right into your custom left menu or vice-versa. Either way, the list on the right will always be available of your entire commands that you have at your disposal.

After finished, click the Apply button, and then click OK. Your menu items should appear (or disappear) immediately.

Configuration

The configuration screen of the MenuEditor is located in the Add-ons dialog box as well. Since the features and configuration screen are one in the same, a configuration description isn't necessary for this extension.

Conclusion

The MenuEditor feels like one of those extensions that should be included with Firefox.

Overall, the extension does what it's meant to do: manipulate the menu items. In advanced mode, the extension has the familiar dual listbox to drag and drop items back and forth for easy building of your menus.

The extension is well designed and is included in one simple (and advanced) package. I like how manipulating the menus are in one central location and editing doesn't require multiple windows (or dialog boxes) open at once.

If you don't use all of the Firefox menus or want to remove some unused or unwanted commands, this may be the extension for you.

The MenuEditor receives a 4 out of 5.

See ya next week.

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