Miss the menu toolbar? Personally, I like that Firefox dumped all that information in and under the Firefox button, however I could see where some people might want it back. Thankfully, Mozilla has made adding it back a fairly simple process.
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This is a handy browsing trick I just learned about recently. Usually in my Firefox browser, I have the menu bar hidden, to save on screen real estate. However, there comes a time (every so often) when I need to get it back. Rather than un-hiding it, getting what I need, then hiding it again – I have found a much quicker way to bring the menu bar back for just a minute.
Browsing space is important; especially for smaller netbook PCs out there. So, why have the menu bar, bookmark bar and navigation bar shown if you don’t need them? The Hide GUI bars extension for Firefox will let you hide all three, or bring them back with one single keyboard combination.
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.
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