Three annoying things about Firefox 4 (and how to fix them)

How to bring back the status bar, move tabs below the location/URL bar and bring back the menu bar.

Mozilla Firefox 4 offers a host of improvements compared to previous versions of the open source Web browser.

Firefox 4 is faster, more secure and delivers a range of interesting interface changes — sadly, however, not all of these changes are welcome. We're old fashioned when it comes to browser user interfaces, and, being creatures of habit, are easily unsettled by minor UI changes. Here are how to fix some of these annoyances.

Put Firefox's tabs underneath the URL bar

We like having our tabs below the location bar — none of that modern Google Chrome nonsense for us! Simply right-click in the general area of the location and search bars and untick "Tabs on top". Much better, right?

Bring back Firefox's menu bar

We want our menus back! Thankfully this is easily fixed: Click on the orange Firefox button, go to options and select "Menu bar". Voilà!

Bring back Firefox's status bar

Okay for whatever strange reason, we really miss the status bar! The easiest way we've found to bring it back is the Status-4-Evar add-on.

Yay, now you're pretty much back to a normal-looking Firefox Web browser! All the benefits of Firefox 4, and none of the irritating UI changes.

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