Beeing in a vacation house can be a very satisfying experience – especially if you take a 5 minute break from your work and install Firefox 2.0 on the machine there(that you never really use, thus no risk).

The installation was a simple and fast process – it took about 30 seconds on the AMD Athlon 2300+ CPU. After that, the browser immediately started up – and left me wondering about WTF this was:
 Firefox 2.0   on changing an applications look and feel

Firefox 2.0 looks totally different from 1.0 – in fact, it is so different that it confused me quite a bit on the first glance. Also, the tab close buttons were rearranged – this reduces mouse movement from 1.x(it always had the tab closer in the top right), but also required me to rethink my ways:
 Firefox 2.0   on changing an applications look and feel

The important lesson learned here is that improving UI can(and will) confuse users. so, try to get your UI right the first time and make small step upgrades – and please,. please, please don’t force a look-and-feel upgrade onto your users!

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11 Responses to “Firefox 2.0 – on changing an application’s look and feel”

  1. I’m glad someone else mentioned the new way of closing tabs. I prefered the old way with the single close button in the top right hand corner of the menu bar.

    I don’t like it, I keep on going to the right hand corner and closing the right most tab rather than the one I currently have in context.

  2. Opera gives you the choice of a Close “X” on each tab or one in the top right that closes the current tab so everyone can be satisfied with Opera.

  3. Oddly enough, I don’t have the “closing the rightmost tab” problem because I still right-click the tab and close it that way. Yes, it’s horribly inefficient but it’s what I’m used to doing.

  4. Firefox also gives that option. Search around, it is a about:config option.

  5. Just download the ‘No Tab Close’ extension to remove the “X” on each tab.

  6. Thanks guys!

  7. Hi,
    thats a good hint!

    Now I only need to find out how to get back to the classic theme. BTW; you just reminded me…gotta update my Firefox to 2.0 on the notebook, too!

    Best regards
    Tam Hanna

  8. There’s also the “Classic” (Firefox 1.5) theme on Mozilla Themes.

  9. That’s also the first thing I noticed about 2.0, the unique “close tab” button in the upper right corner was a better way, maybe we can start a blog about this and if we are millions of users askink for it they will bring it back ? :-)

  10. found the solution in news://

    Enter about:config into the location bar and press enter
    Find the preference browser.tabs.closeButtons
    Double-click on it and change its value to 3

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