Forward button to become optional in Firefox

Do you need the forward button? Most likely yes, but it is rarely used compared to the back button, which is the single most used widget in any browser user interface. So it doesn’t make sense to keep it present at all times, stealing focus from its helpful neighbor.

To address this, current Firefox nightlies feature the forward button as optional. If there is nowhere to go further, the button is hidden instead of just disabled as shown in the screenshot below.

optional_forward_button screenshot

Since it is only in nightlies at this time, Firefox 10 (expected for early 2012) is the earliest we will see this change in a final Firefox release.

If you want this behavior and remove some clutter today, add these lines to your userChrome.css file located in your profile folder*:

/* Conditionally hide the Forward button */ 
#forward-button[disabled="true"] {  display: none; } 

Note that the back button won’t integrate with the location bar as in the nightlies.

* To open your profile folder, go to about:support and push the Open Containing Folder button. If userChrome.css is not present, just copy or rename userChrome-example.css and add the lines below.


  1. FF Extension Guru November 5, 2011 11:25 pm 

    Hmm, I still have the forward button on both the Win x32 and Win x64 builds of Firefox 10 Nightly.

  2. Jens November 6, 2011 10:14 am 

    Uff … For a few seconds, I thought the Forward button was to disappear in _Thunderbird_ …

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