With the release of Firefox 4, a change was the addition of a new ‘compact’ menu.
While the aim of this was to be useful, I can say I have never found it intuitive and prefer the old menu system. In fact, the only reason why I kept it, was that I appreciated the screen space it saved me.
Recently I came across the Firefox Add-on Personal Menu, an extension which allows you to customise which menu items appear in this compact menu.
Using this extension I was able to add the previous menu system (File, Edit, View etc.) into this compact menu. I could have the best of both worlds – saving screen space but the familiarity of the old menu system.
After installing Personal Menu from Firefox Add-ons, open Firefox’s Add-ons Manager and then click the Preferences button in the Personal Menu item.
Remove all current menu items in the compact menu by clicking the Remove (-) button.
Then add the ‘old’ menus into the compact menu by selecting each menu under ‘Menu Bar’ in the left sidebar and clicking the Add (+) button.
Once you have done this, click ‘Apply’ and it should be done!
To restore the compact menu to its previous state, either disable/remove the Personal Menu add-on, or In the ‘Advanced’ tab, (within the Personal Menu preferences) click Restore…