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The Resizable Textarea extension for Firefox has been incredibly useful for blogs and on-line forms (as well as forums). But ever since upgrading to Firefox 1.5, I've been sad. Version 0.1a of the extension wasn't packaged to work in Firefox 1.5.

Today I got sick of that and decided to fix it. For some reason, I'm not allowed to post a reply on the original site. So here I present to you the Resizable Textarea Extension 0.1b. This differs from the original version only in the metadata provided to Firefox. I had to increase the alowable maximum Firefox version number--that's it.

Install at your own risk, of course.

Also, if you still haven't tried Firefox (especially version 1.5), what are you waiting for? :-)

Get Firefox!

Update: Please see this post if you're using Firefox 2.0 or newer.

Posted by jzawodn at November 27, 2005 04:34 PM

Reader Comments
# iamsure said:

One reason only: PRGoogleBar went away.. they haven't had an update, and the site itself is offline. The alternative (having it in the status bar) is nowhere near as attractive. I'm sticking with 1.07 til 1.5 is officially released.

on November 27, 2005 05:05 PM
# BillyG said:

maybe you haven't heard of this one yet:

makes all extensions compatible (meaning those < than current FF version load, since lots of ext's are slow to be upgraded)

on November 27, 2005 05:23 PM
# Craig Hughes said:

By all means, if you feel like it, make a comment on Firefox bug #311998 about how the extension versioning is badly broken from a user perspective.

on November 27, 2005 05:24 PM
# Craig Hughes said:
on November 27, 2005 05:25 PM
# Joe Beaulaurier said:

I was surprised to find that 1.5rc3 can't display the lower frames of the phpMyAdmin (via Y! Webhosting) page. Not exactly a razzle-dazzle challenge. No problem for 1.0.7. Go figure.

on November 27, 2005 05:30 PM
# Greg said:

> if you still haven't tried Firefox (especially version 1.5), what are you waiting for?

Non RC version...

on November 27, 2005 05:30 PM
# Kelson said:

Just to clarify the link BillyG posted to the Nightly Tester Tools (for anyone who wanders by here and reads it without context): it only *marks* extensions as being compatible with your current version of Firefox. If something has changed between 1.0 and 1.5 (or between the beta and 1.5) that actually breaks the way the extension works, it won't help, and may actually make things worse by telling Firefox it's okay to run it.

Most (or possibly all) of the extensions I've used work fine after being marked compatible using NTT, but it's something to watch out for.

on November 27, 2005 11:36 PM
# danilo said:

In the spirit of the hacker ethic.


on November 28, 2005 01:49 AM
# BillyG said:

You are correct Kelson, I've been using this since Lifehacker passed it on a few weeks back and haven't had any problems so I figured I'd pass it on... no problems but in fact, not all of my extensions are working still (that used to work) so hopefully the next release will correct this

OT - I'm getting really sick of Bloglines, I just read this feed last night (obviously lol).

on November 28, 2005 03:42 AM
# Mark said:

In part, I'm waiting for tomorrow (,39020384,39237442,00.htm) but mostly I'm waiting to hear all of my favorite extensions are ready for 1.5.

on November 28, 2005 09:41 PM
# Paul Watson said:

Thanks Jeremy, that works great. One of the best extensions out there.

on December 2, 2005 05:48 AM
# girlie said:

You have my eternal devotion: I was going nuts without this extension, and thus kicking myself for upgrading to 1.5! Thank you, thank you!

on December 5, 2005 08:37 AM
# lee said:

you said:

This differs from the original version only in the metadata provided to Firefox. I had to increase the alowable maximum Firefox version number--that's it.

How did you do this as ive made an extension and it wont work in 1.5 maybe ive got to do the same as you had to?


on December 16, 2005 03:07 AM
# platypus said:

I've been searching for an extension that does this all week. Was using a bookmarklet, but this is far superior as the bookmarklet only made it higher, not wider. My eternal thanks to you Jeremy! Nice work.

on January 13, 2006 08:10 AM
# 4u1e said:

This is the best kind of extension - really simple and subtle in use, but once it's taken away you miss the effect!

on January 15, 2006 10:32 AM
# wes said:

Holy cow, what a great extension. This really is easy to use, and makes several of my critical sites with tiny text boxes much easier to use. Thanks so much Jeremy!


on April 26, 2006 12:11 PM
# Eric said:

why isn't this extension on the mozilla site?

on July 20, 2006 08:12 AM
# Mike said:

Jeremy, I keep getting a "dowload error" when I click on the plugin link, from my home computer. Strangely, the link worked great on my office computer for FF1.5. Is there an alternate way to get this extension enabled? Something I can edit or delete?

on August 29, 2006 09:40 PM
# Matteo said:

Will you make it installable in Firefox 2 Beta 2?

on September 6, 2006 06:32 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Yeah, I should do that.

on September 6, 2006 07:17 AM
# Zane said:

Badly waiting for the Firefox 2 ready version.. thankyou!

on September 14, 2006 01:33 AM
# Jim said:

I wish this functionality was just rolled into Firefox by default. I live in dread that this plugin won't work with newer updates and it is SO useful.

on September 14, 2006 01:53 PM
# ? said:

How the heck do you use this? Maybe a little description somewhere on this site would be useful. I am far from a newbie and yet I can find no way to implement this to see how it works. Installed from this site, closed and restarted browser ( and nothing. Went to a site that extends off the page and tried to resize... no right-click context, no options, no icon. How do you implement it?

on October 2, 2006 06:24 PM
# John said:

I don't want to start getting copies all over the place, so I will delete this copy if
an update appears here, but I have upped the maxversion (to 2.0.0.*) and put it at

on October 4, 2006 01:57 AM
# Weishun said:

Tried installing John's version in v2.0 and got a message that it's not compatible.

on October 26, 2006 07:13 PM
# Ander said:

#> How the heck do you use this?

Just point to any edge or corner of a text area and click and drag it, the way you'd resize a window.

on October 28, 2006 01:28 PM
# Justin Watt said:

Jeremy et al, I've released a new version of this plugin called Resizeable Form Fields for Firefox that works with single line text boxes and select boxes, in addition to textareas. I'm also submitting it to so we can depend on longer term maintenance of this excellent plugin.

on October 28, 2006 06:06 PM
# Justin Watt said:

Whoops, here's the URL for Resizeable Form Fields:

(didn't see the "No HTML tags" warning)

on October 28, 2006 06:07 PM
# Dao said:

Could you please just bump the maxVersion and tell Justin Watt not to use your UUID? "Resizeable Form Fields" has some problems (despite the fact that resizing *any* form field seems unnecessary), while your extension actually works with trunk builds.

on November 5, 2006 03:03 AM
# John said:


I felt the same so a version with bumped maxversion and forked
UUID is at
(E & OE) - you will need to manually uninstall any other

I think that it is Raik Jürgens UUID.

on November 6, 2006 01:13 AM
# Stig said:

Thanks John
I have also experienced problems with Resizeable Form Fields, so its nice to be able to return to the good, old and reliable original Resizeable Textarea again.

on November 20, 2006 12:45 AM
# ashutosh said:

i want to undo the change to "textarea a HTML control" by pressing ctrl+z using javascript but the "textarea" is made readonly.

on January 1, 2008 11:38 PM
# Kelson said:

I have made a feature request to integrate "resizable textarea" to Firefox.

You can vote for it.

on December 2, 2008 02:23 AM
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