Firefox’s interface is cleverly designed using JavaScript and XUL, and using what’s referred to as chrome URL’s you can actually open specific windows in a tab or the sidebar. This includes things like the management windows for bookmarks, saved passwords, downloads, extensions, and more. They can even be bookmarked for quick one-click access to them in the future.

Below we’ve got our top 5 chrome URL’s that can be used in Firefox 3, and all you have to do is copy the URL into the address bar to see what each of them do. Don’t forget to bookmark the ones that you’ll use frequently, and here are some instructions if you want them to open in the sidebar.

Note: The URL’s will obviously only work in Firefox.

1) Bookmarks Management

Used for: Managing bookmarks, tags, and history.
URL: chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul

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2) Downloads

Used for: Managing past and active downloads.
URL: chrome://mozapps/content/downloads/downloads.xul

firefox chrome downloads.png

3) Extensions

Used for: Enabling, disabling, and uninstalling extensions, themes, and plugins.
URL: chrome://mozapps/content/extensions/extensions.xul

firefox chrome extensions.png

4) Saved Passwords

Used for: Managing passwords stored by Firefox.
URL: chrome://passwordmgr/content/passwordManager.xul

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5) Preferences

Used for: Configuring different options in the browser.
URL: chrome://browser/content/preferences/preferences.xul

firefox chrome preferences.png

Runner Up: Browser inside a Browser

Used for: Displaying a browser inside a browser. This is more for fun than anything else.
URL: chrome://browser/content/browser.xul

firefox chrome browser.png

[via Firefox Facts]

There Are 6 Comments

  1. Nice, you can also add chrome://global/content/config.xul to the side bar
    Greetings

  2. That’s pretty cool, I think the bookmark management one would be really useful.

  3. This is something that the Mozilla team should implement by default in Firefox, like Opera do

  4. I’ve done the add-ons one for a while no problem. I tried adding the Preferences one and while it works, it un-maximizes Firefox when I click on it.

  5. **Juanito** wrote:
    Nice, you can also add chrome://global/content/config.xul to the side bar
    Greetings

    I saw that one but I figured it wasn’t anything too great since you can easily type about:config into the address bar to reach that page. Putting that in the sidebar would make it a little cramped, too.

    Michael wrote:
    That’s pretty cool, I think the bookmark management one would be really useful.

    Yeah, that’s my favorite one as well. It’s nice having it open in such a large area.

    The Guru wrote:
    I’ve done the add-ons one for a while no problem. I tried adding the Preferences one and while it works, it un-maximizes Firefox when I click on it.

    I noticed that, too. I was surprised that it was able to resize the window since I have the JavaScript option disabled for letting code resize my window. It’s still nice if you want the Applications tab to utilize more of your screen, or something along those lines.

  6. Actually, my favorite one is the browser-within-a-browser! It allows you to have what are basically sub-tabs!

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