Get Back your Screen Space: Maximize Firefox Viewing Area
Last week, I was hunting around for a few extensions that may help me gain some more viewing space in Firefox. I have a few toolbars and around ten extensions installed whose configurations and buttons seemed to have loaded up the interface with a lot of junk. Moreover, I don’t really use the default options and buttons presently in the Firefox window that much. So I wanted to hide them and make my browsing a better experience.
For the same setup you need addons 1, 2, and 5. Then go to customize and move everything (i.e. navigation and SU toolbar) to the top.
Here are a few tweaks and extensions to help gaining more space for viewing websites in Firefox:
1. Smaller Icons
Do you really need icons in their biggest size? Right-click on those navigation buttons, click ‘Customize’ and check ‘Use Small Icons’ at the bottom. Smaller Icons. Space gained.
3. Hide Menu Bar
This hides the Menu bar completely. You end up gaining a good amount of screen space. To access the menus just hold down the ALT key. Download here.
4. Hide Tab Bar
This addon hides the tab bar. You can toggle the tab bar display via selected keyboard shortcut. Extremely useful if you work with lot of tabs. Download it here.
We already mentioned Vertigo in ‘Firefox Addons to Manage a Tab Jam’. Vertigo will gain you additional only if you have a 20″ or bigger widescreen monitor. Basically it makes the tab bar vertical. Checkit out below.
The standard Full Screen mode in Firefox (press F11) could be better – even when you’re in full screen mode, most of the buttons and the tab bar are still there. Get the ‘real’ full screen experience with FullerScreen – download IT here. Upon operation, you can view the site in your entire screen – the tab bar and other buttons are auto-hidden.
Claims to hide all the toolbars and keep only 3 basic navigation buttons visible. Download. Hoever, the extension didn’t hide a few elements like it said when I tried it (for instance – it didn’t hide the StumbleUpon toolbar in my Firefox window)
8. Firefox UI Tweaker
This brilliant extension for Firefox lets you do a myriad of little things. Some things it’s capable of include :
- Combine a few buttons on the toolbar
- Auto-hide the search bar
- Remove a few icons in Full Screen Mode
More listed in this addon page from where you can download it.
9. Little Fox
If you have too many things on your Firefox then this addon is for you. It revamps the Firefox theme and makes the elements smaller. Download it from here, install it, activate the Little Fox theme, restart and see the amount of screen space gained. It makes everything on your Firefox smaller. May not be pleasing to the eyes, but definitely does its job well.
10. Toolbar Tweaks
In MUO, we’ve already discussed merging buttons on your Firefox toolbar. I’m sure you can implement this easily and eliminate unwanted buttons that clutter the toolbar area.