Mozilla Firefox 3.5 was released today. While this is great news for users and web developers, not all addon authors have got round to updating the addons for the new version.
In many cases, the extensions and themes do not break, but simply need to be marked compatible with the specific version of Firefox. In such cases, you can use the simple about:config hack below to disable the extension compatibility check and use older addons without any problems.
Note that this presents the risk of crashes and problems, so make sure you either know that your favorite extensions and themes are compatible with Firefox, or you have proper backups of your data/settings/bookmarks/addons.
Hack to use older addons in Firefox
Here are the steps to disable extension compatibility check to use incompatible Firefox themes and addons:ADVERTISEMENT
Enter about:config in the address bar to bring up the about:config page.
Right-click anywhere, point to New and then to Boolean.
Enter the key extensions.checkCompatibility and hit OK.
Choose the value as false.
If you type the first few letters of extensions.checkCompatibility in the filter field, you can find the value set as false.
You have to restart Firefox for the hack to be in effect.
I found that the above hack worked in letting Firefox use the GrApple theme – which is still ages ahead of the default Firefox theme.