Set or Change the Greasemonkey Script Editor

In my life, particularly my technical life, there are a number of things that I do regularly, but not frequently. A consequence of the lack of frequency (or maybe of getting older) is the inability to remember exactly what I did to accomplish the task successfully the last time I did it. A consequence of the regularity is that my inability to remember annoys me. I know I’ve done it, I just can’t remember how.

One of those things that I need to do regularly, but infrequently, is edit Greasemonkey scripts for Firefox. All too often, I select Tools > Greasemonkey > Manage User Scripts > [Script I Want to Edit] > Edit only to be seized by that familiar paralysis that is normally reserved for trips to the refrigerator when nothing happens.

I know exactly why nothing happens, I just can’t remember how to fix it. Fortunately, that’s what blogs are for, so here are the steps to set (or update) the default editor for Greasemonkey scripts:

  1. In the Firefox address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
  2. In the Filter input, type greasemonkey.editor.
  3. If the preference exists, just double click on the preference name and, in the popup, enter the file path of the preferred editor.
  4. If the preference does not exist, right click in the preference list and select New > String. When prompted for the preference name, type greasemonkey.editor and press OK. At the next prompt, enter the file path of the preferred editor.

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