Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How to Hide Firefox's Menubar

Take back your screen's real estate with this simple FireFox extension. Compact Menu 2 allows you to remove FireFox's Menubar and turn it into a drop down toolbar button.

Before Removing the Menubar
with_menu

Once you Install Compact Menu 2 allow Firefox to restart.
Screenshot-Ubuntu on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 - Mozilla Firefox
Now right click a blank area in Firefox's Menubar, Navigational Toolbar or Bookmark Toolbar.
Unselect Menubar to remove Firefox's Menubar.

Once the Menubar has been removed, right click a blank area in the Navigational Toolbar or Bookmark Toolbar and select Customize.
Screenshot-Customize Toolbar
Place the Menu drop down toolbar button on the Navigational Bar.

After Removing the Menubar
(with the menu toolbar button expanded)
menu_demo

With the Dell Mini 9's limited screen resolution, it is important to maximize every pixel of screen space. By using Netbook Remix's Maximus and Compact Menu 2, I can remove all unnecessary parts from FireFox and do more faster.

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4 comments:

Ryan said...

Well, if it is important to maximize every pixel of screen space... I would recommend mentioning enabling the windows key as keyboard shortcut as fullscreen mode. Preferences --> Keyboard Shortcuts --> Window Management --> Toggle Fullscreen Mode

Matthew said...

Awesome plugin. I still have a few questions though. How did you manage to get rid of the top title bar..... the one that has the title of the page you are on and the minimize maximize and close buttons.....? also.... on your top panel... is that netbook remix that allows you to get rid of the text for Applications next to your application drop down menu or how did you do that? and where did your Places and Systems drop down go? Thanks for the help, this blog is amazing!

redDEAD said...

Matthew,

That Netbook Remix. I'm using maximus to remove the top title bar of the window and window picker applet on the top panel. Read more about netbook remix here: http://www.ubuntumini.com/2008/09/ubuntu-netbook-remix.html

There's also a video showing off the features.

Luobotou said...

I use tinymenu add-on - delete the bookmark menu bar and move all the other directional icons to the top bar.