I have been an avid fan of the Google Toolbar ever since it was created. It has always frustrated and befuddled me that Google never created one for Google Chrome. And now I'm confused and aggravated (this is putting it as nicely as I can) that Google has decided to discontinue support for it in Firefox.
On my Desktop PC I have had Firefox and the Google Toolbar working happily together and Firefox has been continually updating to new versions and all is still good. But when I got a new laptop I installed Firefox 11 and that's when I found that Google no longer offers the Toolbar for Firefox. Argh!
But wait, why does it still work on my desktop? After a lot of trial and error I have figured out how to get the Google Toolbar working with Firefox 11 on my new laptop and I wanted to share how to do this.
From Control Panel, uninstall Firefox. I suggest you DO NOT remove personal data
Install Firefox 4
Download and install Firefox version 4 from FileHippo
Install Google Toolbar
Then install the Google Toolbar for Firefox from FileHippo
Edit the install.rdf File
Now before you upgrade to Firefox 11 we have to do a little surgery. In Windows Explorer go to this directory:
NOTE: The above is on Windows 7, and the exact directory names may be different on your PC
In the above directory look for a file called: install.rdf
Using Notepad (or Notepad++) edit the install.rdf file. Look for the line that looks like this:
and change it to this:
(Note: As you will see in the comments below, change it to a higher value like 20.0.* so that you can make it work in Firefox 12 and beyond.)
Save the file.
From within Firefox click on Help and About Firefox
You should see the button to apply an Update. This will take you to the latest version, which as of this writing is version 11.0.
I also wanted to mention this: Those that used to get around it by using the Add-on Compatibility Reporter (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/add-on-compatibility-reporter/), this apparently stopped working as of Firefox version 10.
The saga continues. Read how I was able to make it work with Firefox 13: