Auto-Hide Your Cluttered Firefox Status Bar Items

One of the reasons that I love Firefox is the dozens of extensions that I have installed to customize the browser, but it seems like every extension includes another icon or widget, and by this point the status bar looks like an instrument panel… so how can I make them hide until I need them?

The answer is very simple, in fact… there’s a user style that will hide all extra statusbar items, while keeping the regular Firefox items intact… until you move your mouse over the status bar, and then they all show again. Brilliant!

Installing Auto-Hide Style

To use this Stylish script, you’ll need to have the Stylish extension installed, then just click the “Load into Stylish” button on the user style page (links at the bottom).

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You’ll be asked to save the style, and immediately after installing, here’s the nice clean status bar…

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It even still works as normal when you hover your mouse over a link:

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But when you move your mouse over the status bar, then it shows your cluttered list of icons and whatnot:

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It doesn’t work perfectly, but it does work pretty well with most extensions, and is now an indispensable part of my script library.

Removing Auto-Hide Style

To remove this, click on the Stylish icon and choose “Manage Styles” from the menu.

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You can either remove the checkmark next to it, or just select it and click the Delete button.

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Note: I tested this in both Firefox 2 and Firefox 3 beta 3

Download Stylish from Mozilla Add-ons

Download Statusbar “Mouseover for Clutter” User Style from userstyles.org

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/26/08
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