Get an Opera-Style Panels Sidebar in Firefox

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2024 by

If you’re a fan of the Opera browser’s panels sidebar, you may be disappointed to find that Firefox doesn’t have a similar feature. However, with a few simple steps, you can get an Opera-style panels sidebar in Firefox. This article will guide you through the process and help you achieve a more efficient browsing experience.

Install the “All-in-One Sidebar” Extension

The first step to getting an Opera-style panels sidebar in Firefox is to install the “All-in-One Sidebar” extension. This extension adds a sidebar to your Firefox browser, allowing you to access bookmarks, history, downloads, and more with just one click. To install the extension, follow these steps:

  1. Open Firefox and go to the “Add-ons” section.
  2. Search for “All-in-One Sidebar” in the search bar.
  3. Click on the “Add to Firefox” button next to the extension.
  4. Click “Install” when prompted.
  5. Restart Firefox to complete the installation.

Customize the Sidebar

Once the extension is installed, you can customize the sidebar to your liking. Right-click on the sidebar and select “Options” to access the customization menu. Here, you can choose which panels you want to display, change the position of the sidebar, and adjust the size of the panels.

Add Panels

To add panels to your sidebar, click on the “Add Panel” button in the customization menu. You can choose from a variety of panels, including bookmarks, history, downloads, and more. You can also add custom panels by clicking on the “Add Custom Panel” button and entering the URL of the website you want to add.

Change the Position and Size

You can change the position of the sidebar by clicking on the “Position” drop-down menu in the customization menu. You can choose to have the sidebar on the left or right side of the browser, or even have it as a floating panel. You can also adjust the size of the panels by dragging the edges of the sidebar.

Enable Auto-Hide

To make your sidebar even more like Opera’s panels sidebar, you can enable the auto-hide feature. This will hide the sidebar when you’re not using it, giving you more screen space for browsing. To enable auto-hide, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the sidebar and select “Options.”
  2. Check the box next to “Auto-hide sidebar.”
  3. Adjust the delay time to your preference.
  4. Click “OK” to save your changes.

Enjoy Your Opera-Style Panels Sidebar

With the “All-in-One Sidebar” extension and a few simple customizations, you can now enjoy an Opera-style panels sidebar in Firefox. This will make it easier for you to access your bookmarks, history, and other panels with just one click, making your browsing experience more efficient and organized.

Have you tried this method? Do you prefer the Opera-style panels sidebar or the default Firefox sidebar? Let us know in the comments.

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