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Remove the Skyscraper Ad in Windows Live Hotmail

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Are you tired of the large sidebar ad in Windows Live Hotmail taking up too much screen real-estate? Firefox users rejoice because a solution is now available.

There was a vast improvement for our inboxes with the rollout of Wave 4 for Windows Live Hotmail. All except for one thing…that huge ad on the right side.

When measured on our system the ad covered a 162*777 pixel sized area. Now you can get that screen real-estate back with a simple add-on. Just install it, restart Firefox, and enjoy the extra room.

Hotmail-Ad-Zap! 1.1 [Mozilla Add-ons]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 08/31/10

Comments (12)

  1. Ravi Gupta

    Microsoft’s naming strategy may be stupid, but that’s no reason for a technology website like howtogeek to publish an article where the author confuses Windows Live Hotmail with Windows Live Mail.

  2. john bob

    any extension for chrome??

  3. Gary King

    I just use Adblock Plus

  4. AsianAngel

    @Ravi Gupta – I stand corrected. ^__^ Fixing it right now…

  5. jasray

    It’s never appeared for me when I log in to my account. Maybe I have some other extension in FF that already takes care of the problem. All the ones I currently use are in the Pink Flamingo collection.

  6. Rui Pinto

    Very very useful!!! I h8 that skyscraper! Thank u! :)

  7. kyle
  8. ds

    Use AdBlock Plus for Firefix – It will take care of most other site’s ads also.
    Also, try Stylish. Great for adjusting the real estate on many web sites, e.g. for Google Map you can view and print a LARGE map instead of smaller with text clutter.

  9. Guyro

    maxthon classic’s popup/ad blocker blocks it automatically

  10. Ike

    Good for Firefox and Mozilla. Now, how aboutt all of us Vista users..I would love to get ridf that nusiance.

  11. AsianAngel

    @Ike – If you are using Firefox on Vista then this will work very nicely for you. ^__^ Or if you are using a Chromium-based Browser such as Iron or Chrome then this user script will do the same exact thing. ^__^

    Windows Live Mail – Cleaner Look

  12. rtgolimlim723

    Tried it and it worked…hehe..great job

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