Things that annoy me about Firefox 2 UI

  • No close button on every tab
  • No close button at the right of the tab bar
  • highlight text, right-click, search uses the selected Search Box engine, not Google
  • scrolling tab bar
  • constant switching between “extensions” and “add-ons” between Firefox versions
  • atrocious options pane for Windows users (this is actually a Firefox 1.5+ problem)
  • massively slow first startup time without a splashscreen
  • terrible UI for session saving (text box has become a dropdown, with no clues)
  • ‘tabs’ and ‘feeds’ options tabs are poorly designed and laid out
  • spell-checker dictionary doesn’t come bundled with your localised build

More as they occur to me.

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3 thoughts on “Things that annoy me about Firefox 2 UI”

  1. The first couple of those are due to the theme – I’m using Tangerine, and it has close buttons in all the right places. So does Ubuntu’s Human Firefox theme.

  2. highlight text, right-click, search uses the selected Search Box engine, not Google

    IMO that’s a good default. Power users want SmartSearch anyway. 🙂

    I agree with the rest.

  3. OK, well, it doesn’t match up with my usage anyway. I leave the search box on my work search engine, and rarely change it, but I almost always want to search the web when I select and context-click a word/phrase. bah!

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