I’m a heavy FireFox user – it’s just so functional, especially with addons that really increase the utility. However, one thing that I find myself struggling with often is screen real estate. I’m a big user of the Dell Mini 9, which has an 8.9″ display. My main work laptop is a Dell XPS M1330, with a 13.3″ display, and I have an external 19″ monitor that I extend my M1330’s desktop onto. As such, I’m constantly dealing with a different amount of screen real estate while browsing, depending on what computer I’m on.
JKKMobile has recently posted a really helpful walkthrough for those of us who need to squeeze a few more pixels here and there out of our web browser. He goes a bit more in-depth than I care to, as I also need to maintain a level of functionality, but you can watch the whole video below. The best tip, though, that anyone can use without losing any functionality, is to move the navigational buttons to the very top bar of your browser, where there’s plenty of otherwise wasted space.
To do this, go to View, Toolbars, Customise in your FireFox window. Now, move that little box that pops up aside, so that you can see the whole top portion of your browser. You can now drag and drop everything on the 2nd bar, from the back button all the way down to the Search box, up to the area just to the right of the Help drop-down menu. Don’t worry, it all fits, and will automatically resize itself as you add more stuff. When you’re done, you should have a blank bar where all that used to be. Click OK to close that popup box, and then go back to View, Toolbars, and uncheck the ‘Navigation Toolbar’ to make that empty bar disappear. You now have more screen space without losing an ounce of functionality.