Firefox 5.0 and the Google Toolbar – taken by surprise? Here’s how to fix it!

It seems like only five minutes ago that Firefox 4 arrived and impressed us with speed improvements. A few niggles, some of my more esoteric add-ons were not compatible and the Google Toolbar behaved a little strangely with mouse clicks but was fine with the keyboard.

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That’s ok though – I’m a geek, I use the keyboard. Besides, it was soon fixed with updates.

So imagine the excitement (warning – this may be an exaggeration) when the prompt to upgrade to Firefox 5.0 appeared. This was soon joined by horror when the installation completed with the announcement that the Google Toolbar was not compatible with Firefox 5.

Perhaps Google were taken by surprise – I know I was. What a shame, this latest version of our favourite browser definitely appeared faster than the already much improved 4.0. No need to fear though.

By installing the Add-on Compatibility Reporter you are able to use add-ons that have not yet been approved as compatible with the latest version of Firefox. Now, you do this at your own risk as there may be a good reason for them not to be approved.

However, so far at Geek Towers, we’re quite happily running the Google Toolbar on Firefox 5.0 – of course, YMMV…

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Jonathan Gwyer

Jonathan Gwyer first delved into geekery with a ZX81 in 1981 and has been working in IT since 1990.

A Microsoft Certified Professional with many years of large corporate experience and training, he now focuses on helping small businesses make the most of their IT.
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  • Dave

    Excellent article, was lost without the Google toolbar! Thank you,

  • Thanks for your article. I was going to wait till google updated and became compatible, but then wondered if they were going down the same route as Apple Mac and Adobe and panicked as I use the toolbar all the time. Was actually thinking of going back to 4 or even 3.6 when I found your solution!

  • Saved by the geek again!!

  • Vi

    Thanks for help! I am surprised google still didn’t fix their toolbar.

  • Katherine

    thank you so much!

  • Iliana

    Thanks, it really works. Unfortunately I use yoono as twitter and facebook client and the add-on compatibility reported drove it crazy and stopped working. I had to unable google toolbar and add-on so it can work again… I can´t have everything in life 🙁

  • Mariya Moore

    Thanks for the nice information but still i am waiting firefox 5 toolbar.

  • Hosein


  • Not sure why it’s taking so long to get a compatible version. It’s almost like there’s going to be a surprise with the new toolbar.

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Firefox 5.0 and the Google Toolbar – taken by surprise? Here’s how to fix it!

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