Use the Classic Firefox Icon How-To Guide

Do you dislike the new (Firefox 3.5 and newer) icon that Firefox uses? Do you wish to use the old one instead? In this quick hack, I’ll show you how to do so. First, you’ll need to download the Firefox 1.0 ZIP release . You will also need a Firefox mini icon


Now that you have them, extract the Firefox ZIP to someplace (eg: your desktop). Right click on your Firefox (version 3.5) icon on your desktop, click properties, and then in the dialog that shows up, click “Change Icon…” When you are in the “Change Icon” dialog, browse to where you placed the Firefox 1.0 exe. Select that. Now select the Firefox icon. Now click Apply and switch to your desktop. Press F5. The Firefox icon will switch to the classic one.


That will only change the icon on your Firefox shortcut, not the icon on the Firefox windows. This is why you have also downloaded the Firefox mini icon. Place the minu icon file into “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\chrome\icons\default” or wherever you have Firefox installed (note that if the folders do not exist, you should create them). Now close Firefox (if you have it open) and restart it. Firefox should now display the icons you specified.


The “mini-window icon hack” was based on Andrew Turnbull’s Mozilla Network mini-window hack for Windows 95/98/ME systems. Thankfully it still worked for Firefox 3.5 (and perhaps even 3.6, though 3.6 was not tested).

EDIT (March 17, 2012): I just tested this on Firefox 11 and it works fine. It should work just fine on any version of Firefox (past and future).


3 Responses to “Use the Classic Firefox Icon How-To Guide”

  1. Andrew T. Says:

    If you want to get technical, the icon in the “mini-window hack” is the original Firefox from the pre-1.0 days; before they lightened the color and reshaped the snout. Version 3.5 wasn’t the first time they tweaked the pixels here and there, and I don’t think it will be the last.

    I hate being the contrarian, but I really don’t see anything wrong with the Firefox 3.5 icon myself. If anything, I’m glad they added a bit of contrast to the image so that it isn’t a totally unrecognizable blob when dithered to grayscale…

  2. stoperror Says:

    Yeah, I’ve read about the Firefox icon changes, and while I don’t dislike the new icon, I don’t love it either. It just seems out of place on my system, as for years I’ve seen the classic Firefox icon in the same place.

    Also NOTE: You should place the “classic” Firefox exe file in the folder you installed Firefox (3.5) and name it “ff-classic.exe”, and then select the icon. As if you chose the desktop route, you’d have to keep a folder there and some people do not like having folders on their desktop.

  3. thelimerunner Says:

    Thanks. Now with the Firefox 2 theme for Firefox 3, and the Oldbar addon my skinning of FF 3 to look like FF 2 is complete.

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