18 March 2009

saving space in firefox

I found a cool Firefox extension a day or two ago. It's called Menu Mod, and it's good for saving some space on the Firefox window (particularly if you have a small screen, like on a netbook). It can collapse all the standard menu items into a single menu item (after installing/restarting, do Tools->Add-ons, click Menu Mod, click Preferences, select "Place all menus inside another"). This isn't all that helpful on its own, but try also doing the following:
  1. do Menus->View->Toolbars->Customize
  2. drag all the stuff from the navigation bar (Back/Forward/Refresh/Stop/Home buttons, address bar, etc.) up next to the newly-collapsed menu
  3. get rid of the search field by dragging it to the "Customize Toolbar" window
  4. do Menus->View->Toolbars and uncheck the Navigation toolbar
If you do this and start to miss the search toolbar, try this:
  1. go to www.google.com (or whatever your favorite search engine is)
  2. right-click in the search field and select "Add a keyword for this search..."
  3. add something descriptive for the Name field (like "search" or "google")
  4. add something short for the Keyword field (I used "g")
  5. next time you want to do a search, open a new tab (Ctrl-T is as easy as Ctrl-K), then type the keyword ("g" for me) followed by a space and your search term(s)
If you use the Web Developer extension, do Menus->View->Toolbars->Customize and drag the "Web Developer" item so that it's to the left of the URL bar. Clicking this new item is a quick way to hide/display the Web Developer Toolbar.

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