Fast Dial 2.14


A transparent Search Bar for Fast Dial v2.14 by PedroMRP

This is great fix posted by PedroMRP today here


What this small fix does is to make your Fast Dial v2.14 Search Bar completely transparent.

All that one sees afterwards of the Toolbar is, (if you use Google) the small G of the Google Logo.


Before (yours may be white)

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There are different ways of changing your Fast Dial to enable this change.

To make the job easy, I have made this fix into a Stylish Style.

In that way you can copy paste the code directly into Stylish.

@namespace url(;

@-moz-document url("chrome://fastdial/content/fastdial.html") {


#search {
margin-top: 5px;
margin-bottom: -5px;

#search input {
font-size: 1.2em;
color: white;
border: 1px solid lightgray;
background: transparent;

One of the advantages of this system is that you can easily switch the style on and off, and also you can easily modify or play with the values should you so choose.


Alternatively, if you so wish you can paste PedroMRP's code directly into fastdial.css

This is the code: (or you can take it from the post)

#search {
margin-top: 5px;
margin-bottom: -5px;

#search input {
font-size: 1.2em;
color: white;
border: 1px solid lightgray;
background: transparent;

What you will need to do is to post the code into fastdial.css which is in your Firefox Profile.

Maybe the easiest way to find fastdial.css is to go into Search in Windows and enter the File name.
Select the version of fastdial.css that is in the Profile that you want to alter.

Right click on the file and edit with a suitable Text editor.

In the code you will see these lines

#search {
margin-top: 15px;
margin-bottom: -5px;

#search input {
font-size: 1.5em;
border: 1px solid lightgray;

So you need now to paste in the new lines and delete the old.
Or edit the ones that are there.

Once finished, press save in your Text editor and you are done.


How to Install Fast Dial v 2.14 in a New Firefox Profile


The seeming only way to Make Fast Dial the Root Folder in a New Profile in Fast Dial Version 2.14 is this:

Thanks to Mafi0z and Mafia_Penguin for their suggestions

After you have loaded Fast Dial 2.14 into your new Profile you will probably not see the Root Folder when you hit the Fast Dial Toolbar Button.

Please do the following

Go to Bookmarks/Organise Bookmarks

Select Bookmarks Menu
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In Bookmarks Menu right click and create a new Folder
Name the Folder Fast Dial (or in fact whatever name you want)

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Right click on the Folder that you have just made in Bookmarks (probably named Fast Dial)

In the Context menu select where there is the Fast Dial Icon "Make Home Page"

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This will make the Fast Dial Folder into your home page

Return to Firefox


Click on the Fast Dial Toolbar Icon and you should now be in the Fast Dial Root Folder, you are Home.



Java Scaling in Version 2.14 Bug


Bug report see here


I can confirm that Java Scaling in Version 2.14 does not work with Java 6u10, and in Java 6u11, the latest Java Version.

The symptoms are that cells continue to refresh endlessly without ever finishing.

A number of users have experienced this problem.


Telega confirms that JRE 6u3 works fine.

I can confirm that JRE 6u7 also works fine.

JRE 6u10 and JRE 6u11 do not work.


To download earlier Versions of Java please see here

Go to JRE 6 where you can then select which version which Version you want to download.

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For your information

Java Release Dates

Version 1.6.x.

* As of October 2008, the latest version of Java is 1.6.0_10
* As of July 2008, the latest version of Java is 1.6.0_07
* As of May 2008, the latest version of Java is 1.6.0_06
* As of March 2008, the latest version of Java is 1.6.0_05
* In January 2008, version 1.6.0_04 was half-released (blame Sun, not me).
Version 1.6 update 4 shows up at
but update 3 shows up at
See Massive Java Update Includes Security Fixes and
Sun's Java sloppiness for more.
* As of October 2007, the latest version of Java from Sun was 1.6.0_03
* As of June 2007, the latest version of Java from Sun was 1.6.0_2.
* As of March 2007 the latest version of Java from Sun was 1.6.0_1.
* As of December 2006 the first version of Java 1.6 from Sun was

Or of course as another solution deselect Java as a scaling option.

Many thanks