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Compact Toolbar Buttons in Firefox

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Are you looking for new ways to compact the UI in Firefox? Now you can remove the excess space between and around Toolbar Buttons with the Compact Toolbar extension.

Regular Size Icons Before & After

Once you have the extension installed the only decision that you will need to make is whether to use the regular or small size icons.

Here you can see a noticeable difference in the amount of space taken up before…


And after installing the extension. You can also see that the vertical space has been condensed…look closely at the bottom of the “Menu Bar” in comparison to the gray “divider bar” beneath it.


Small Size Icons Before & After

Perhaps you like using the small size icons and wonder if there would be much difference.


As before space has been condensed horizontally and vertically. Compare this “After Screenshot” to the “Before Screenshot” using the regular size icons above…you can definitely see the difference.



If you are continually looking for additional ways to reduce the UI in Firefox, then this extension will certainly be helpful to you.


Download the Compact Toolbar (Compact Icons) extension (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 12/11/09

Comments (5)

  1. BoRJa

    I use, a compact theme (along with “personas” extension provide me a minimalist skin-changer gui).

  2. Yatti420

    I see you have WOT loaded in like any good professional :)

  3. Asian Angel

    @Yatti420 – ^__^ WOT is terrific stuff. ^__^

  4. SquareWheel

    I would also recommend combining your refresh/stop buttons (I’m sure The Geek has done an article on this before) and hiding your file menu using an extension like Hide Menubar, or there are plenty of other options if you would prefer a button that launches it. If you don’t use the bookmarks bar, then of course you can hide it. You can also move your bookmarks to a different bar if you don’t have very many.

  5. Camilo Martin

    I suppose this is only when using a netbook right?
    Since even in XGA (1024×768) this is not any extreme difference.

    Btw, I use an extension that hides the titlebar when in fullscreen, and I put the address bar in the upper row where the menus are (right after “help” menu). This is not for a smaller UI, but because I have too many buttons and tools! :D and I like filling a row with everyday tools, yet minimize the truly unnecessary space. The sidebar helps too ^^

    I really do feel sorry for the poor IE users that have lots of toolbars!

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