My living room has a mahogany coffee table, a handsome grand piano finished in jet black, and a big gray box that whirs. Why are computers so
And what can
Although we developers don't have the time to build computers, we're doing what we can on the Firefox front. Firefox supports themes that completely change the look and feel of the browsing interface while leaving all your features intact. An elegant glass finish, a wooden feel, something bright and silly for your inner child, even a scene from a movie — whatever your tastes, you're sure to find something you like among the hundreds of available Firefox themes.
The Mozilla Foundation maintains an official list of the best themes at a site called Mozilla Update (http://themes.mozilla.org). You don't need to remember that address because it's linked from the Theme Manager, which I talk about momentarily. Millions of people use the themes on this site, but because we don't create them
Like extensions (see Chapter 20), most themes are created not by the
Mozilla Update organizes themes into categories, as shown in Figure 17-1. Some of these categories indicate theme content, such as Nature and Sports, and others
Figure 17-1: Mozilla Update organizes hundreds of themes into categories such as Nature, Retro, and Sports.
I include a sampling of my favorite themes in Figures 17-2 and 17-3. If you're feeling overwhelmed, try the Popular or Top Rated categories to see what other Firefox users enjoy. You can also click a particular theme to read reviews from people who tried it, as shown in Figure 17-1.
Figure 17-2: A selection of my favorite themes. (They're even better in
Figure 17-3: The Scribblies Brite theme (Category: Miscellaneous).
Mozilla Update isn't the only place to find themes. Many designers offer their themes on their own home pages, and even Hollywood is getting into the act. For example, on the Warner Bros' Web site, the Batman Begins movie
When you find an interesting theme, don't
Each theme is designed to work with a particular version of Firefox or a range of versions. This seems
Even if you use a theme that's compatible with your version of Firefox, problems can occur if you're using an extension that changes or extends the Firefox interface. (See Chapter 20 for information about extensions.) Firefox does the best it can to apply your theme to installed extensions, but some things might look
Whenever you update Firefox to a new version, it checks to make sure that your installed themes