Firefox Add-on to Prevent Menus from Closing
Article by George Norman
On 29 Jan 2009
While Mozilla Firefox comes with tons of great features and there are a multitude of add-ons that you can use to customize the browser, one thing never fails to annoy me: the fact that some menus, like when sorting through bookmarks, will disappear and you have to go through the clicking procedure all over again. With the Stay-Open Menu add-on for Firefox 3.0 and Firefox 3.1 Beta 2, your problems are over.

There are several menus that Stay-Open Menu Firefox add-on will affect: bookmarks, history, and the address bar. All these menus will not close (nor will they appear in a sidebar) even when you click on other areas of the screen. Here is an example if you will: when you want to open a bookmarked web page, you have to click on Bookmarks and middle click on the web page of you choice (opens in a new tab); the bookmarks menu will disappear even if you would like to access additional web pages.


“Middle-clicking each Bookmarked item in the Bookmarks (or History) Menu will open it in a tab, while leaving the menu open for further selections. (Left-click the desired menu to open it, find the items you wish to open, then middle-click each desired item to open it in a tab.) When you are done making selections, click somewhere outside the menu (or press ESC) to close the menu. Also works in the same way with the Bookmarks Toolbar, the new 'Smart Bookmarks' folder, and the Bookmarks 'Open All in Tabs' entry,” says the developer of this add-on.

To my mind this is one feature that Mozilla could build into the browser – all it takes is for people to tell them how to make the browser better, what new features to bundle it with. Test Pilot is Mozilla’s way of asking you for help, and you way of making sure that future releases will address your needs and wants.

If you would like to get Stay-Open Menu, a download location is available here.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Stay-Open Menu
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