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How to install the Google Toolbar on Firefox 5

OK, you love Firefox, and you can’t live without the Google Toolbar extension. And you’re really upset because, after upgrading to Firefox 5, you found out that your lovely and useful Google Toolbar extension is incompatible with the new version. That’s really a shame.

What should you do? Go back to a Firefox previous version? Continue using Firefox 5 without the toolbar, until Google take a merciful look at the trials and tribulations of poor Web users who happen not to use their Chrome browser? (note: see UPDATE 1 below)

Well, here is another possibility:

  1. Go to your Firefox profiles folder
    • On Windows 7, click Start and execute %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\
    • On Windows XP, click Start, then choose Run to execute %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\
  2. Go to your profile folder, then enter the Extensions folder inside it
  3. Enter the folder for the Google Toolbar extension, it’s the one named {3112ca9c-de6d-4884-a869-9855de68056c}
  4. Edit the file install.rdf
    • Edit the line <em:maxVersion>4.*</em:maxVersion>, replacing 4.* for 5.*
  5. Restart Firefox

That’s it! You should now have the Google Toolbar extension working in your Firefox 5.

What about you? Do you use Firefox and think that Google Toolbar is a must?

UPDATE 1 (22/07):

Today I’ve known that Google announced it will completely drop support to the Firefox Google Toolbar. It’s really a pity for a lot of Firefox users: the toolbar is very useful for people that use Google Bookmarks and do a lot of translations. And besides of having a nice integrated ShareThis button, it also allows the filtering of search terms with only a click of the mouse.

UPDATE 2 (22/07):

For those who will insist on using the toolbar, even if unsupported on Firefox 5, there’s another (and even easier) workaround for doing this: install Mozilla’s Add-on Compatibility Report, so that you can see all your installed incompatible extensions (like Google Toolbar), and be able to activate them with just a click.