4 Simple Tips for Bigger Mozilla Firefox Screen

December 2, 2007 – 2:51 pm

Mozilla Firefox is without a doubt one of the most popular and widely used applications for most users. With all the toolbars, icons and plugins installed on it, the Firefox screen will look smaller if you don’t have a big and wide monitor.


To make Mozilla Firefox browser looks bigger without breaking the bank, here are 4 simple tips that I’ve found and practiced (now you know that I have a small monitor, duh!)




Tip #1 – Use Small Icons



If you really understand what all those icons mean on your toolbar, make it smaller. Size does not matter here. Make it smaller by clicking the menu bar and View -> Toolbars -> Customize -> Use Small Icons.



Tip #2 – Clear Out Unnecessary Toolbars


StumbleUpon, Yahoo! Toolbar. Status Bar, MegaUpload, etc. If you don’t use it often, clear out all the mess from View -> Toolbar. Better still, only leave the navigation bar intact.



Tip #3 – Hit F11 on keyboard


F11 means full screen in Firefox. This is the fastest way to get a bigger Firefox screen.



Tip #4 – Install FullerScreen


FullerScreen is a Firefox plugin than enhances full screen mode by hiding the remaining toolbars and statusbar. All the toolbars will be in auto-hide mode and you can make it appear again by moving your mouse to the edge of the screen.





Tip #5 – Consolidate Mozilla Firefox’s Chrome

You can check out how to consolidate Firefox’s icons and taskbar by reading it here at Lifehacker: Geek to Live section. Thanks to our reader TheM for the tips!



Tip #6 – Install Tiny Menu

TinyMenu is a Firefox extension that will replace the standard menu bar with a tiny menu popup. Combine this with Tip #5 above and you will get a bigger screen size!

(Thanks TMerrit, sorry I’ve mistakenly deleted your comments!)



Tip #7 – Install MiniFox Firefox Theme


This is one of the quickest way to get small menu and toolbars that will guarantee a bigger Mozilla Firefox screen. Get Minifox Theme here.

Thanks to coffeepro for the tips!



If you are still unsatisfied with the screen size, it is time to start saving some money. Go buy a bigger monitor then!

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  1. 36 Responses to “4 Simple Tips for Bigger Mozilla Firefox Screen”

  2. Stumbled!

    By Friedbeef on Dec 4, 2007

  3. @ Friedbeef: Thanks James!

    By Syahid Ali on Dec 5, 2007

  4. sorry, ni bukan basic ke?

    By edwin masripan on Dec 5, 2007

  5. @ Edwin: Some of it are basic. Some of it are not. Depends on the technicalness of a person though.

    By Syahid Ali on Dec 5, 2007

  6. With tip2 you can go even further. By getting locationfield in the menubar and not displaying the navigationbar.

    >> [ Updated to Tip #5 above ]

    By TheM on Dec 6, 2007

  7. found thru stumble! lol

    By markus9128 on Dec 6, 2007

  8. @Markus: Good for you!
    @ TheM: Great find. That tip was awesome!

    By Syahid Ali on Dec 6, 2007

  9. FullerScreen is excellent addon! very nice.

    By Jorma on Dec 7, 2007

  10. I love the fuller screen thing. Looks awesome.

    By Q on Dec 7, 2007

  11. @Jorma, @ Q: Glad that you agreed with me on that plugin!

    By Syahid Ali on Dec 7, 2007

  12. Thanks for sharing these cool firefox tricks!

    By Mike on Dec 7, 2007

  13. Why not cite the source where YOU RIPPED this post from?


    By Allan on Dec 7, 2007

  14. @ Allan: I never ripped this from anyone. Maybe it is just coincidence / some similarities to other posts. Sorry if this post hurts you.

    @ Mike: Sharing is empowering!

    By Syahid Ali on Dec 7, 2007

  15. Allan. Behave. Good boy.

    By tjax on Dec 8, 2007

  16. I have done this with my setup of firefox. It is very nice to use 95% of the screen. I used Tiny menu and have a single line with URL bar and navigation buttons.

    By Greg on Dec 14, 2007

  17. Making the icons smaller is okay but a much better solution is to install the minifox theme. It also compresses the bookmarks and removes space from the menu and nav bars without making the icons seem too tiny. Actually you can even hide the Navigation toolbar (reload, forward, stop, back is in the right click menu anyway) and to bring up a URL dialog click file —> open location. That will free up even more space.

    By coffeepro on Dec 14, 2007

  18. @coffeepro: Awesome tip man! Updated my post!
    @Greg: Nice. Check out the updated list!

    By Syahid Ali on Dec 15, 2007

  19. Very nice tips! :)

    By Haris on Dec 16, 2007

  20. great idea. I have done a few of these on my laptop to increase the screen size.

    By Matt Ellsworth on Dec 16, 2007

  21. Tip 8 Buy a monitor that runs a higher resolution, and keep all the convenient tool bars that make firefox superior.

    By tdk on Dec 17, 2007

  22. One more minor tip to reduce Firefox menu ‘overhead’ (for StumbleUpon Users):
    - Click (the SU) Tools
    - Select Toolbar Options
    - In the ‘Position and Toggle Button’ frame, select “MenuBar” from the position options drop-down box.
    - hit OK

    This will move the SU menu bar up to and inline with the main FF toolbar.

    By Fook on Dec 19, 2007

  23. @Fook: AWESOME tip! Thanks for contributing!

    By Syahid Ali on Dec 19, 2007

  24. How about this:
    Go to customize in the rightclick menu on the navigation toolbar and put all the navigation buttons in the address bar itself.
    Then pack the navigation bar.
    It is better if you use tinymenu extension also.
    Also there is this nice extension called AutoHide Statusbar that will show the status bar only if it needs to be shown.

    By Muk on Jan 3, 2008

  25. @Muk: Now that is a nice way to go Muk!

    By Syahid A. on Jan 3, 2008

  26. thnx alot, gr8 tips mate

    By Gravity on Mar 4, 2008

  27. Just a note about tip number 4 (fullerscreen), Firefox 3 does this for you now, when you hit F11. It gets rid of the toolbars, then animates a nice disappearance effect for any other UI elements other than the scrollbar. Pretty nifty.

    By Blake on Jun 20, 2008

  28. @Blake: Thanks for the information. I should try it later.

    By Syahid A. on Jun 20, 2008

  29. Hey great Tips Man, even after using firefox for 3 years i still didnt know many of them,Thanks for Sharing.

    By BlogsDNA on Jul 6, 2008

  30. Wow they are some amazing tips for having bigger browser. will try them for sure to have more space in my firefox :)

    By Sohail on Feb 3, 2009

  31. 3 of my add-ons work in the status bar and only 1 toolbar (Stumbleupon) is on the screen which makes it pretty clean for me!

    By Firefox on Mar 8, 2009

  32. great tips

    By Morpheus on Jul 12, 2009

  33. Thanks for these simple tips.

    By bilal on Aug 31, 2009

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