How to Get Mouse Gestures Working in Firefox 3 Beta 5

Firefox 3 Beta is an amazing program – I run it as my default browser and it works great. One thing you may be missing from the beta is the mouse gestures add-in, which is not compatible with Firefox 3 off the shelf. This little hack lets you install the mouse gestures add-on in Firefox 3 so that you can enjoy the beta with the full mouse gestures support available in Firefox 2.

  1. Download https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/downloads/file/60/all-in-one_gestures0.18.0-fx.xpi and save it in a convenient folder on your hard drive.
  2. Rename the downloaded file so that it has a .zip extension
  3. Open the file in your favorite zip file manager (e.g. WinZip or WinRar)
  4. Extract the file install.rdf from the archive and open it in a text editor
  5. Change the line <em:maxVersion>2.0.0.*</em:maxVersion> to <em:maxVersion>4.0.0.*</em:maxVersion> and save the file.
  6. Drag and drop your modified install.rdf file into the archive window that you have open to insert the updated file into the zip archive
  7. Rename the zip file back to all-in-one_gestures0.18.0-fx.xpi
  8. Drag and drop the file all-in-one_gestures0.18.0-fx.xpi onto a Firefox 3 browser window and complete the instalation
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