Manage Firefox Full Screen Display

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 21, 2007
Updated • Jan 8, 2014
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

Pressing F11 in Firefox displays the current website in full screen mode removing many of the toolbars and buttons that are not required to view a website. There is however no obvious possibility to change the appearance of the full screen view mode of Firefox.

Autohide is a Firefox extension that lets you configure the full screen display mode the way you want it to be. If you do need the status bar for instance you can add it to the full screen display mode so that it is always visible while in that mode. All installed toolbars can be hidden or displayed depending on the choices that you make in the settings of Autohide.

Other options let you see or hide the Windows taskbar when in full screen mode or disable context menu entries. Autohide is a small extension with great impact on the way the full screen mode is displayed. Very useful if you tend to use this mode regularly.


You can choose to hide or display the following toolbars and elements when Firefox enters full screen:

  • Status bar
  • Main menu toolbar
  • Navigation toolbar
  • Bookmarks toolbar
  • Tab bar
  • Windows Taskbar
  • Other toolbars installed in Firefox

Update: Autohide is now available under a new website address.

Update 2: Autohide is no longer available. You find a couple of related extensions on the official Mozilla add-ons website but none that provide you with the same set of features. Most extensions offer to automatically hide a specific toolbar or feature of the browser, while none seems to offer the same feature set that the original Full Screen auto hide extension offered.

I suggest you browse the list of available extensions and install those that add or hide the toolbars that you want to show or remove from Firefox.

One extension that you may want to try out for that is Toolbar Autohide Preferences.You can configure the extension extensively in the preferences. From basic changes like deciding on which toolbars you want to show and which to hide, to displaying tabs when tab titles change, location change, or tab events are fired off.


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  1. c-square said on March 31, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    You have to be suspicious of any updates not on Mozilla’s official website.

  2. Zim said on August 26, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Are you sure, Lucas? What virus? I didn’t had any problems with it…

  3. Lucas said on August 26, 2009 at 1:42 am

    This add-on has virus, be careful. This is the reason that the author do not publish it on official mozilla add on’s website.

  4. Zim said on May 12, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Once again, I found the solution to a problem in ghacks.
    I love this site! :D

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