We have shared quite a few tips on how to save browser screen space: there’s a cool addon that lets you get rid of open tabs while still having them in front of your eyes, there’s also an awesome tip on how to have more space by merging your toolbars and here’s a thorough guide on maximizing Firefox viewing area.
Today’s post shares another great tool that would work well in combination with previously shared tips.
I always feel skeptical about the addons forcing you to install and use a new toolbar and usually these addons never stick – but sometimes you can’t do without a toolbar. Some toolbars I am constantly using include: Menu toolbar, Toolbar Bookmarks, Stumbleupon Toolbar. Today’s tool allows you to hide any of your favorite toolbars while still being able to easily access it.
Buttonizer is a fun experimental addon that lets you minimize any of your toolbars to a little button.
Let’s see how it works…
Once you have it installed, notice a tiny button next to the Awesome bar in the Address panel:
Right-click on it to select which of your currently running toolbars you want to access using the button:
Once you select any toolbar, it will be hidden from your browser screen and will be accessible via the button:
Now, you can do anything using the button: search, access your toolbar bookmarks, vote on Stumbleupon, use any of your additional toolbars.
Here’s a Stumbleupon toolbar using the Buttonizer:
You can run it for those toolbars you don’t use too often but still need occasionally and don’t want to get rid of. It is also usable enough to hide your most frequent and necessary tabs (like the menus toolbar, for example). Besides, is is very flexible: it easy to switch toolbars to be used through the button, so you can experiment a lot to find the best solution that suits you.
To restore any hidden toolbar, you just need to select another one. If you don’t want the button to use any toolbar and need all toolbars in the normal mode again, right-click on the button and select “Reset”:
Some little issues I have noticed while running the tool (and I am still am, by the way):
- Sometimes the button won’t open some deeper levels of the menu which forced me to click twice (but that may be a specific issue for my computer);
- I had bad time controlling my toolbars after I reset the button options.
- The button doesn’t seem to work in the full-screen mode (it shows nothing when you hover over or click):
What do you think about the addon? Since this is an experimental extension, I am sure the developer is looking for feedback. Can you suggest any improvements (like keyboard shortcuts, for example)?
Do you have any other screen-space-saving tips to share?