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The latest version of Xmarks for Firefox has added a new feature where, in the status bar at the bottom of the browser window, there are 5 stars, allowing you to easily rate websites that you visit. Unfortunately, they’re a bit of an “estate” hog and can only be turned off along with the Xmarks icon (which is useful for quick synchronisation). However, there is a way to turn off just the rating stars…

  1. Enter about:config in the Firefox address bar
  2. Right click in the main screen area
  3. Select New -> Boolean
  4. Type extensions.xmarks.hideStatusBarStars and press Enter
  5. Select the value true

This will forever banish the stars. If you want to bring them back…

  1. Enter about:config in the Firefox address bar
  2. Find the value extensions.xmarks.hideStatusBarStars
  3. Set it to false