Maximize Your Screen with Littlefox

FAIL (the browser should render some flash content, not this).

How to maximize your screen area with Littlefox, a plugin that shrinks the Firefox interface, which is especially useful for wee netbook screens.


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Other way

Dom's picture

You can try a different way:

title:Firefox maximize windows fullscreen and config
description:How to default firefox to full screen maximized windows, and how to use the about:config interface with KDE.

Find and change most config values:


This allows you to double click to modify, or right click for more
options. Crude and geeky, but seems to work.

However, some (all?) settings found in localstore.rdf are not configureable from

I don't know what changed but the trick to getting Firefox to
maximize browser windows all the time:

- resize window. I used right-click in title bar, and then resize.
Resizing by dragging a window border may also work. (

- Maximize window with the maximize button.

- Exit Firefox (so it saves it's current state).

Thunderbird too

Gavin's picture

Check out LittleBird for Thunderbird from the same site, too!

Do you guys know about F11 ?

Neil Cherry (linuxha)'s picture

I'm a little surprised that no one has mentioned using the F11 key (Fullscreen). When you hit F11 it make the displayable area the entire screen. Hit F11 again and it's restored or move you mouse to the top of Firefox and the tabs and address bar are displayed.

Here are some more shortcuts:

Firefox Shortcuts

Tried bookmarks up by menu

brickviking's picture

Well, yes, I tried it... Firefox spun its wheels for a while and turned the menu into "Present but greyed out", meaning I couldn't select anything. I shut it down, and restarted up, then it was right. Only problem about F11 is that the menu goes away, until you hit F11 (again). I also use Vimperator, and find it pretty good once you get used to it. I'm still not totally used to it, but enough so that if I have to, I can use it almost completely from the keyboard.

I also use WebDeveloper toolbar, so that tip about bookmarks next to menus is a good one. I can't stand the IE7 interface...

If you really want to save space

Anonymous Coward's picture

If you really want to save space, just use Vimperator. No menu/tool/bookmark bars or whatsoever (you can even turn off the tab bar and still keep the tabs).

Hide menubar

JJ's picture

You can save lots of space using Hide Menubar extension.

To revive the menubar just press ALT.

Bookmarks toolbar folder

simeonf's picture

In the interests of saving space I like to move the Bookmarks toolbar folder up beside the menu (to the right of "Help"). Go to View->Toolbars->Customise and drag the toolbar up by the menu. Than View->Toolbars and uncheck the Bookmarks Toolbar Folder entry. The vertical space below the url bar will go away but your bookmarks will stay up by the menu. If you delete the text (and just use the favicons to identify shortcuts) you still have enough horizontal space for 6 or 7 bookmarks.

I did a screencast on this a couple years ago because it's hard to explain: see it at


Shawn Powers's picture

Thanks to everyone for the additional firefox shrinkage tips!

Shawn Powers is a Linux Journal Associate Editor. You might find him on IRC, Twitter, or training IT pros at CBT Nuggets.

If you want to hide the

Anonymous's picture

If you want to hide the menu-bar you can also install "compact menu":
And you can gain other extra space.
Another trick is to use a compact font like tahoma for title-bar and application in gnome, and reduce its size from 10 to 7-8.


ScottMGS's picture

I have an ASUS Eee PC 1000H so my screen's a little larger. Have you tried the Classic Compact theme? On my larger screen, Classic Compact saved me a bit less than a millimeter more space than LittleFox.

Maximize Your Screen with Vimperator

Anonymous's picture

not only will you save realestate but you'll have some of the vi commands to manipulate your web browser....

Different from using small icons?

dontodd's picture

That doesn't look much different from going to customize toolbar and ticking the "use small icons" box.

A little bit more

Shawn Powers's picture

It is a little bit smaller. Again, it doesn't save much real estate, but on my 7" EeePC it's well worth it. :)

Shawn Powers is a Linux Journal Associate Editor. You might find him on IRC, Twitter, or training IT pros at CBT Nuggets.

Remember also Full Screen mode

Anonymous's picture

Just press F11 and get a much bigger document area increase.