Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Maximize screen estate of Firefox

I shall show you how to maximise screen estate of your Firefox browser.

Disclaimer: By following the instructions here, you are doing so at your own risk!

Firstly, install miniFoxFlat theme. Select this as default. Restart browser. This is either the smallest or one of the smallest theme.

Secondly, install Stop-or-Reload Button extension. Restart browser. What this extension is to convert the reload and stop buttons into one button. When the page is loading, the button will be the stop button. When the page is not loading, the button will be the reload button. So it effectively changes two buttons into one button.

Thirdly, install UI Tweaker extension. Restart browser. Go to Tools>UI Tweaker Options>Menu Hacks and check 'Remove the 'Go' menu'.Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
This 'go' menu is basically a history of the particular tab you are on, and you can access the history easily using the history or back/forward buttons anyway. Then, go to Toolbar Hacks and check 'Remove the forward and back button drop down arrows'.
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It removes the triangle on the right of those buttons. In case you want to access the drop down list, you can right click on the forward or back button. Restart your browser. This is what it should look like:
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Lastly and most importantly, you have to customise your navigation and bookmark toolbars. Right click on bookmarks and click on customise. Ensure that for the bottom row, the drop down menu is at 'Icons' and check 'Use Small Icons'
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You will realise that your bookmarks in Bookmarks Toolbar Folder now becomes 'Bookmarks Toolbar Item'.
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Now, almost every other button are movable. Move all of them(buttons, reload button, navigation, search, bookmarks to the top row. While you are there, you may also add or remove any buttons by draging them in or out of the customise toolbar window. Right click on bookmarks again and uncheck Navigation Toolbar and Bookmarks Toolbar. Your bookmarks in bookmarks toolbar folder will still be there. This is what you should be getting:
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Recently, I just discovered an extension called '
Compact Menu'. It may be useful for creating even more real estate. I have not tried it yet.

O yeah...I just remember another way to maximise screen estate...and that is to press F11 to activate fullscreen. It's just that I prefer it this way.

In case you were wondering why I only have two bookmarks in my bookmarks toolbar folder, that is because I prefer to keep other bookmarks in the main bookmark folder. These two are javascript bookmarklets left 'outside' for convenience.

Feel free to comment. If you have any suggestions please let me know.

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