Compact Efficient Interface Maximizes Screen Height Available for Page Content. ( UI wastes less vertical display space / usable window real estate )

by dabruro

27 Add-ons in this Collection

All-in-One Sidebar by Ingo Wennemaring

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 1,538 reviews

178,271 users

AiOS lets you open various windows as sidebar panels, and quickly switch between them. So it put an end to the window chaos! In addition to bookmarks and history it opens dialogues such as downloads, add-ons and more in the sidebar.
Collector's Note I've used this mainly for its toolbar, as a heavyweight alternative to Vertical Toolbar.

Tree Style Tab by Piro (piro_or)

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Rated 4 out of 5 stars 1,363 reviews

111,341 users

Show tabs like a tree.
Collector's Note Suggested: if you have enough screen width (e.g. a widescreen) you can use this to make a vertical tab bar along the left edge of the screen. You can also drag almost anything else onto the tab bar -- especially items that are wider than a single button. I just keep a sole navigation bar along the top of the screen for the address bar, althouth you *could* even put the address bar as the first item on this vertical tab bar, especially if you let the tab bar "auto-expand" in this extension's settings. Having a vertical tab bar also allows you to see dozen[s] of tab titles at once without scrolling them. You'll probably want some more "tab management" add-ons if you use so many tabs -- I like Tab Utilities by ithinc but I have to set it *also* to put the tab bar on the left or else it can become incompatible with Tree Style Tab by making the tabs themselves vertical and narrow side-by-side in the vertical tab bar.. A vertical tab bar may not be so space-efficient if you like to put several browser windows next to one another, since each will have its own vertical tab bar taking up some screen width. In this case I suggest unticking/clearing Firefox's Options-->Tabs-->Always show the tab bar, so any windows having a single tab won't show that tab bar at all (you can always show it by adding a second tab with Control-T). Alternatively, setting "auto-expand" in Tree Style Tab could help (I like auto-expand better than auto-hide because it gives you a bigger area that you can move the cursor into to activate it). I really like the "tree" aspect of this addon, which means when you open a link in a new tab the new tab appears indented under the current tab -- it's easier to understand this when you try it than when I try to explain it.

Zoom Page by DW-dev

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 159 reviews

79,603 users

Full featured zoom manager with independent page and image zoom modes. Choose from four zoom modes: Default Zoom, Fit-To-Width, Default Zoom + Site Specific or Fit-To-Width + Site Specific. Button style and zoom levels are fully configurable.
Collector's Note Suggested: Often you can fit more on the page by shrinking it (zooming out). Slightly simpler than NoSquint; also has a nice set of alternative zoom combo buttons for toolbar.

Status-4-Evar by Sparky Bluefang

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 553 reviews

141,390 users

Status bar widgets and progress indicators for Firefox 4+
Collector's Note ! One of the 5 Core Add-ons of this Collection: This extension lets you display the Link and/or Status text in the Address Bar (right-hand side). This avoids the coverup of content area when they pop up at the bottom of the page normally. When the page is done loading and you aren't hovering over a link, the entire address bar is again available to display the URL and what ever else it's being used for by the other add-ons. Alternatively you can move the Link or Status text back into the Add-On bar where it used to be (hence calling it the Status Bar); then you could use the url-addon-bar extension to move all of it together into the address bar, but I find it works better to let Status-4-Evar put the things directly into the address bar itself. Also can add a background (zero footprint) page load progress bar to the address bar, Safari-style. BTW, the functionality of this add-on is built into the Pale Moon browser, a Firefox variant.

Roomy Bookmarks Toolbar by Someone free

Rated 4 out of 5 stars 280 reviews

60,628 users

Make your bookmarks bar better. Roomy Bookmarks Toolbar can: hide bookmarks/folders name(dock like), multirow, autohide and many another features(more than 20).
Customize your bookmarks bar using one add-on.
Collector's Note Optional: I don't seem to need this add-on anymore, although I'm not sure what changed. Now I just Customize and drag my "Bookmarks" object from my Bookmarks Bar to my Vertical Toolbar and I get icons-only there without using Roomy Bookmarks Toolbar. BTW, I like to put bookmarklets (google it) on my bookmarks bar, and I now use Bookmark Favicon Changer to assign icons to these so I can distinguish them on my toolbar without text labels. Here are my older notes: "This add-on can show just an icon for each bookmark in the bookmarks toolbar (can show the name when you hover over, though in a strange, non-tooltip way). I use it and I move my bookmarks from my Bookmarks Bar into my vertical Tab Bar (or elsewhere) and have Roomy wrap them into multiple lines (using Fixed Height). If you're going to show icons-only for bookmarks, you might want to be able to set the missing/generic favicons for sites that don't have them -- for this you could use Bookmark Favicon Changer (or Favicon Picker 2 which I haven't tried); or what I do is use IdentFavicon to automatically give each faviconless site a favicon before I even bookmark the site."

Hide Caption Titlebar Plus by Javier "DarthMadara"

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 419 reviews

27,802 users

"Maximize your screen space by adjusting Firefox window TitleBar, borders, Tabs, Toolbars, etc!", with 'smart' options, *optional* custom caption & resizers.  
Multiple Configurable Actions for both screen-corner buttons: Firefox & Close buttons!
Collector's Note For non-Windows systems this replaces 2 of the 5 Core Add-ons of this Collection (Personal Titlebar and its necessitated Compact Menu 2). For Windows it's an optional (more complex but capable) alternative. This add-on takes the opposite approach to Personal Titlebar by hiding the titlebar but putting the "Firefox" app. main home button (optionally shrunken as narrow as "F" as an alternative to Movable Firefox Button or UI Fixer) and minimize/maximize/close window button trio onto the navigation bar (the toolbar containing the address bar). You can also have it show a "floating" main menu and web page title when you hover on the Firefox button. You can also set a smaller toolbar and tab bar height and adjust "top edge margin position" to make it as slim as you want up there. On non-Windows platforms it can replace the native minimize/restore/close with its own smaller, auto-hiding version. The problem with hiding the titlebar is there's nothing to grab and drag, so it provides special drag areas that you can put there, and it also makes the unused area of the tab bar click-and-dragable.

Omnibar by Ajit K

Rated 4 out of 5 stars 477 reviews

34,779 users

Integrates location bar and search bar into one. Shows search and url suggestions. Quickly switch search engine using search keywords. Provides different auto-complete popup styles for compact displays.
Collector's Note ! One of the 5 Core Add-ons of this Collection: This extension eliminates the need for the separate search bar by integrating it into the address bar. Firefox already does this only to a very limited extent -- with this extension you get the full search bar functionality such as autocomplete suggestions from the search engine etc. The only downside I've noticed is that you can't easily retreive the search terms you just entered within this bar. You have to do so in the searchbox within the search engine's own page.

NoSquint by Jason Tackaberry

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars 510 reviews

192,707 users

NoSquint is no longer maintained. :(
Collector's Note Optional: a more sophisticated alternative to Zoom Page: Often you can fit more on the page by shrinking it (zooming out). Even more so with this add-on because you can change the text to any size while you still have any overall page zoom. Firefox natively (and other add-ons) only allow you to have a custom overall page zoom or a custom text-only zoom, but not both simultaneously. See my review https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/nosquint/reviews/368821/

Vertical Toolbar by Gomita

Rated 4 out of 5 stars 211 reviews

9,832 users

Adds a vertical toolbar at the edge of the window.
Collector's Note Suggested: if you want to move your buttons to a vertical toolbar along the left edge of your screen. You can even drag "Open a new tab" and "List all tabs" from the end of the tab bar onto here. You won't want to put any "wide" items on the vertical bar though. With this, you might need *only* the tab bar along the top, if you drag the address bar and everything else onto the tab bar.

Hide BookmarksBar by Felix Kloft

Rated 4 out of 5 stars 112 reviews

6,865 users

Hides and shows the bookmarks toolbar.

Bookmarks menu by hatdio

Rated 4 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

4,600 users

View your bookmarks in a toolbar button menu

Tiny Menu by Anthony Lieuallen

Rated 4 out of 5 stars 296 reviews

6,025 users

Replace the standard menu bar with a tiny menu popup.
Collector's Note Reduces the "footprint" of the legacy menus on their toolbar. It can put small icons for each legacy menu (File, Edit, etc) on the toolbar. This is useful if you want to display these menus all the time, or if you've lost your Alt key for the legacy menus due to dragging the menus off the menubar (e.g. using UI Fixer). In Click on the button to the right of each menu name in this add-on's options -- you have to supply your own images for the icons, but you could use screenshots of existing icons. Using the checkboxes you can have some of the menus appear as submenus of a single "Menu" item, which can have its own icon. Alternatively, you could completely hide some of the individual legacy menus if you're using Personal Titlebar. An alternative is Menu Mod.

URL Tooltip by Tim Tate

Rated 5 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

5,707 users

Display URL in hyperlink tooltips.
Collector's Note Optional: You can use this to show the target of a link as a tooltip (just below the link you're pointing at) rather than always having this pop up at the bottom of the screen and rather than showing it in the add-on bar or in the location bar using Status-4-Evar. I only tried it briefly. Alternatively you can try HostIP.info Geolocation Plugin which optionally shows the URL in a tooltip as well.

Compact Menu 2 by Milly

Add a compact menu button to the navigation toolbar, and hide the menu bar.
Collector's Note [Update: this addon breaks the ability to edit a bookmark while adding it (blocks the pop-up dialog)! See my review of it on 24 Jan 2013.] ! One of the 5 Core Add-ons of this Collection (or at least when using Personal Titlebar which is Windows-only): You'll probably need this in order to restore access to the legacy menus if you use Personal Titlebar and move those menus off of the Menu Bar in order not to display them full-time. Compact Menu 2 puts the legacy menus as submenus of a new "Menu" item within the Firefox main app button's own dropdown. The usual keyboard shortcuts will work (such as Alt+T for Tools menu). BTW, this wouldn't be necessary if Firefox itself would (please) make all the "legacy" menu commands available through the single main Firefox app button instead of having to use a hodge-podge of both menu systems (there are some other add-ons that try to add back some of the other functions from Tools and other legacy menus into the main firefox app button).

Personal Titlebar by yuoo2k

Rated 4 out of 5 stars 71 reviews

2,541 users

Personalize your Firefox Title Bar! Anything placed on Menu Bar will be moved to Title Bar.
Collector's Note ! One of the 5 Core Add-ons of this Collection (for Windows platforms only). (Alternatives are Hide Caption Titlebar Plus{more capable} or Tabs Always In Titlebar{simpler}.) This one is pretty simple in that it has no options, although it's not as simple to use as Tabs Always in Titlebar. It puts the contents of the Menu Bar toolbar into the titlebar instead, in between the Firefox App Button and the window's minimize/restore/close button trio. Then the original titlebar can become your only toolbar if you simply put everything you need onto the Menu Bar toolbar. Drag the legacy Menu itself *off* the Menu Bar toolbar (if you can't do so, maybe try enabling "Make Menubar Movable" in the addon UI Fixer, but I haven't had to), perhaps onto the Nav Bar. Then just drag the locationbar and any buttons you want onto the the Menu Bar. (Alternatively you could use the Vertical Toolbar add-on and put most of the buttons there.) Also drag some Spaces or Separators or the Activity Indicator onto the Menu Bar in order to provide some area on the new titlebar to grab onto when you want to drag the window (and to doubleclick to maximize/restore). Then right-click and hide both the Menu Bar and the Navigation Bar so there's nothing left except a tab bar and the single combined titlebar/toolbar. Issue: with the legacy Menu itself dragged off the Menu Bar toolbar onto a hidden toolbar, you can no longer access the legacy menu -- not even by using the Alt key. (Alternatives Tabs Always In Titlebar or Hide Caption Titlebar Plus don't have this issue.) You could use one of the addons that reduce the legacy menu to a single icon or button and put this it back onto the menu bar toolbar. Or, a partial solution is to install something like New Old Menu which restores at least the Tools and View menus as submenus of the main Firefox app button, but this doesn't restore the legacy Alt key access. Another solution would be to use Compact Menu 2 which adds the legacy Menu as a submenus within the firefox button's own dropdown and restores their keyboard shortcuts (such as Alt+T for Tools menu). But see my comments in the Compact Menu 2 entry in this collection -- this addon unfortunately creates another problem of its own which is unfixed as of January 2013. BTW, this add-on also provides checkboxes in the Customize palette for disabling some of the legacy menus.
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