Some web developers like to squeeze small HTML forms on websites which are uncomfortable to use for the visitors of the site due to the size they are presented in.
Imagine a comment form that displays three lines that each can take only a few words. It's problematic to write a comment of a hundred words or so in such a box and nearly impossible to proofread it once you are done. While you can write the comment elsewhere and paste it into the form once you are done, that is not too comfortable either.
Text Area Resizer And Mover comes to the rescue; At least for Firefox users. The Firefox extension lets you resize virtually any HTML form that you encounter on the Internet. To top it all off, this is done in an uncomplicated manner and well integrated into the browser
Once a HTML form has been located that you want to resize you simply press the right-mouse button after moving the mouse into the form. The mouse pointer changes to a resize symbol so that you can resize the HTML by moving the mouse around.
It is possible to make it smaller or bigger although most users will probably stick with the latter. Text Area HTML forms are those that tend to span across multiple rows. The extension cannot be used to increase the size of the Google Search form but as you can see in the images above it is possible to change comment forms and the like easily.
The forms only expand to the right and bottom of the screen but never to the left or upwards so move the mouse in those directions if you want to increase the size of a form.
Update: The Firefox add-on has been discontinued. You can use the following bookmarklet instead.
Update 2: Some browsers, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, support the feature out of the box. You find a small drag icon in the lower right corner of text fields in the browser, and may drag it to change the size of the field.
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