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Make Firefox Menu Even More Compact

Compact Firefox 4 MenusBefore Firefox 4, the menu items for the browser – such as File, Edit, View, History and more were all over the place.  After Firefox 4 was released though, Mozilla simplified the menu toolbar and dumped everything under the Firefox button.  What if you want things to be even more compact than that? Then you need to pick up Compact Menu 2.

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Bring Graphite Glow to Firefox

Bloomind Theme for Firefox

The world of Firefox 3.6 themes is really slim pickings these days.  Well, there still are a lot of great themes, however most of them I have already covered here more than a few times.  However,  I am happy to say I was surprised to find this suggestion in my inbox this morning.  Bloomind FT Graphite really transforms the way Firefox looks for Windows users.

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ArzoFox Theme for Firefox

Very clean and easy on the eyes, two things you can say about the ArzoFox theme for Firefox.  I like themes that can make the browser experience better just by touching up a few things.  The gradient background, mixed with the colorful icons is a great combination that is really hard to beat.

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Like what you see?  You can pick up the ArzoFox theme on the Firefox Add-ons web site.

Browsing in Two Dimensions

Two Dimensions theme for Firefox

If your looking for a mostly 2D, grayscale and compact theme for your Firefox browsing ways – look no further than the Two Dimensions theme.  As you can see with the screenshot I included, it is a very slick skin for your Firefox browsing ways that will not disappoint those of you who like to keep things simple. 

It would fit nicely, I think, in my list of lightest popular themes for Firefox.  Who knows, it might earn its spot soon enough.

Thus far a five-star theme, that is rising in the ranks, you can pick up Two Dimensions and add it to your own Firefox installation at the Firefox Add-ons web site.

The Amazing Stratini Themes for Firefox

I can’t get it out of my head that this modern and compact theme sounds like a great magician.  I want to call it the Amazing Stratini!  What is its first trick?  To turn your Firefox installation into a better looking browser.  Actually, there are now two different flavors of the Stratini theme, one is the original (which is more compact) and the other is more padded and spaced out.

Here is a little more about the themes in question from the developer:

What basically started as a small project to simplify and shrink the default Strata Theme has turned into a distinct theme. The icons are designed around the simplified Stop, Reload, Back and Forward icons of Strata… expanding those basic elements across the entire interface.

You can now download either or both!  Be sure to let me know which one you decided to use and why. 

Stratini

Stratini theme for Firefox

Stratini Padded

Stratini Padded theme for Firefox

I really enjoy the themes that can keep it simple, yet give me something new and fresh to look at that doesn’t look like it was ripped from the theme down the street.  Both Stratini and Stratini Padded pass those test, so they get two enthusiastic thumbs up from this Firefox fan.

Shrink the Left-Hand Links in Gmail

Wanting to save some space in Gmail, or perhaps you’re just tired of the text-based main links to browse around your e-mail account?

The GMail Compactor user script will help you reclaim that space with style.

Shrink Gmail's Main Folders

As you can see, from the picture above, after you install this Greasemonkey user script, everything from your Compose Mail link down to your Contacts link are now minimized into very pretty icons.  As an extra benefit, you also still get the count of how many new messages are in some of your folders, such as Spam.  If you want to maximize the vertical real estate in Gmail, then pick up the Gmail Compactor user script.  (found via Lifehacker)

Compact Your Menu Bar Even More in Firefox

hide-the-menu One add-on I keep adding on is Tiny Menu, due to the fact that I like to have a minimalist browsing experience.  However, I have found one extension that does an even better job than Tiny Menu at compacting the standard menu bar down to one small popup menu, Compact Menu 2.

The major benefits Compact Menu 2 has over Tiny Menu are:

  • An even smaller footprint (one small blue globe to access your regular menu bar items)
  • You can move it anywhere (Tiny Menu was locked to one location)

As far as customization goes, you can select the menus you want to see in the new popup  compact menu.  These are:  File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Tools, Help.  Each has a check mark beside it, so if you don’t want to see it – get rid of the check mark, and then save your settings.

One thing that might catch people off guard, is it doesn’t work right off the bat after you have installed it.  After installation, right-click on menu bar and choose “Customize…”, drag the “Menu” button or the “Compact Menu” icon to the position where you like on toolbar, then click Done.

Compact Menu 2 has earned it’s spot into my day to day use, so I give it two thumbs up.

hmmXP Theme for Firefox 3

Based around the hmmXP visual style for Windows, the hmmXP theme for Firefox gives you something familiar (that sort of Windows 9x look) with just a touch of visual appeal.  The theme is compact, but doesn’t feel as if everything is squeezed in just for the sake of squeezing it in. 

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As said by the author of this awesome theme, a lot of love has been put into it, so that it looks great in any windows theme.  If you want to pick it up, you can grab it on the Firefox Add-ons site or visit the official hmmXP theme site to get the latest version.