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Mozilla Firefox - Plugins and Extensions

Full Screen Mode Without Hiding the Windows Taskbar

SUMMARY: Hide GUI Bars lets you set up a keyboard shortcut key to hide all or selected Firefox toolbars / on-screen elements, plus it replaces the status bar with a miniature version so you can still see hyperlink targets.

When browsing the web in Mozilla Firefox, pressing F11 goes into full screen mode where the menu bar, toolbar, status bar, etc. are hidden. However, this also hides the Windows Taskbar, meaning that you must press the Windows key or Ctrl + Esc to view it. Plus, with the Status Bar gone, you will not be able to see the destination of a link before you click it.

The "Hide GUI Bars" extension aims to solve both these problems. After installing this extension, pressing Ctrl + Shift + A hides everything full screen mode does, but it keeps the Windows Taskbar on-screen. Plus, as you hover over hyperlinks, the URLs appear at the bottom-left of the browser, covering up a tiny part of the web page but not taking up as much space as the Status Bar would.


1. Visit the following page from within Firefox:

* Hide GUI Bars

2. Click the "Add to Firefox" button.

3. The "Software Installation" dialog box will eventually appear. Click "Install Now" as soon as the button is enabled.



Installing the "Hide GUI Bars" add-on



4. Once the add-on has installed, click the "Restart Firefox" button. Depending on your configuration, Firefox may note that it will try to restart your windows and tabs.

5. Once Firefox restarts, press Ctrl + Shift + A to activate this add-on.

From the Firefox "Add-ons" dialog box ("Tools" - "Add-ons") click the "Options" button underneath "Hide GUI Bars". From here you can modify options such as the keyboard shortcut key, what items are hidden, and the "Statusbar replacer" colors and options.



Configuring the "Hide GUI Bars" add-on



This tip was written regarding Mozilla Firefox v3.6 and Hide GUI Bars v0.5.4. Screenshots, instructions, and features for other versions may vary.

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