One of the coolest features of Firefox is that you can customize the browser's look and feel by installing third-party themes. Think of themes as the best custom paint job you could ever get for your browser. Figures 7-15 and 7-16 demonstrate how themes can be used to make Firefox unique.
Figure 7-15. The Charamel themea creamy, sugary experience.
Figure 7-16. Noia Extreme theme.
Locating Themes on the Web
Your recommended first stop for themes is the official Mozilla repository, addons.update.mozilla.org (UMO), which can be accessed directly from the Get more Themes link on the right side of the Firefox Extension Manager. UMO contains a categorized list of themes that are updated frequently and can be sorted by platform.
In addition to UMO, there a number of other places on the web that you can find themes for Firefox.
Firefox provides a theme manager that makes installing themes very easy. Here are the steps:
To switch to a new theme, follow these steps:
To uninstall a theme you have been using, follow these steps:
If you never installed a theme and you elect to uninstall the theme, it disappears completely without your having to restart Firefox.
Updating themes in Firefox is managed the same way as it is in extensions. See the description in the "Updating Your Extensions" section for an explanation of how to configure automatic updates as well as how Firefox alerts you to the fact that theme updates are available.
If you decide that you prefer to check for theme updates manually, you can always click on the Update button in Theme Manager. You can also highlight the relevant theme and right-click to get the Update option. The Update Wizard launches and guides you seamlessly through the update process.
Wasn't that a wild ride? This chapter has shown you some of the many ways you can customize Firefox with extensions and themes to add a wide range of functionality and personality to your browsing experience. But more customization can be done. In Chapter 8, "Other Interesting Features," you will uncover additional ways you can customize the UI (user interface) in Firefox, including making your toolbars as complex or as minimalistic as you want. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engineswe're heading into the final Firefox chapter, looking for the checkered flag!