Now Enable Google Toolbar in Firefox 5

If you’ve installed Firefox 5 and noticed that Google Toolbar wasn’t updated to support the new Firefox release, there’s a simple way to enable the extension: install the Add-on Compatibility Reporter. “After installing the Add-on Compatibility Reporter, your incompatible extensions will become enabled for you to test whether they still work with the version of Firefox or Thunderbird that you’re using.” This should only be a temporary solution until Google Toolbar and other extensions update their compatibility list.



Google Toolbar 7 works well in Firefox 5, especially considering that the new Firefox version didn’t make too many important extension-related changes.

Firefox’s faster release cycle, inspired by Google Chrome, has an important downside: extension developers need to update their extensions more frequently and update the list of Firefox versions that are supported. Mozilla alleviated this problem by automatically marking almost 4,000 extensions as compatible with Firefox 5, but Google Toolbar is not hosted by Mozilla and it’s downloaded from Google’s servers.

Google Toolbar 7 for Internet Explorer

Google launched a new version of its toolbar for Internet Explorer, but it’s only for IE8 and IE9. Google Toolbar 7 focuses on search: there’s support for Google Instant, the search box is a lot bigger and all the other features are available in the “More” drop-down.


There’s a funny help center article titled “Where did my buttons go?” which answers the most obvious question after installing Google Toolbar 7.

“You may have noticed that some or all of your Toolbar buttons have disappeared with the latest update of Toolbar. The newest version of Toolbar helps you focus on the features you use the most, by removing your less frequently used buttons from view. If you’ve recently used a specific Tool on your Toolbar, its button will be pinned to the Toolbar so that you have easy access to it. Otherwise, all buttons are removed by default. Don’t fret — you can easily add your favorite features back to the Toolbar. Click More next to the search box and select the tool that you want to add. It’ll automatically appear back on the Toolbar.”

So Google Toolbar features are less discoverable, users lost some of their preferences, but the toolbar is less cluttered.

Google Instant integration is not enabled by default, but you can open the options dialog and check “Enable Instant for faster searching and browsing”.


For some reason, Google also installs Google Toolbar 7.1 for Firefox, which is an old version of toolbar and doesn’t include the new features. The extension can be uninstalled from Control Panel, not from Firefox.