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Littlefox Theme Optimizes Firefox Screen Usage

Littlefox is a very popular full theme for the Firefox web browser that aims to minimize the space Firefox's browser chrome uses.

It's main purpose is to make more room for sites and applications that you load in the web browser without sacrificing functionality or usability in the process.

It achieves that primarily by minimizing the toolbars and the icons displayed on them in the browser's header, and modifies the status bar in the footer of the web browser as well if it is displayed.

It might take some time to get used to the new Firefox theme as it changes the display of the tabs quite a bit to gain as much screen estate as possible. The theme changes many of the icons, scrollbars and other browser chrome elements as well. These are replaced by variants that take up less space in the browser, again to reduce the chrome to a minimum.

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New themes do not always support all Firefox extensions. The software developer has taken extra care of that by making sure that the extension is compatible with many popular add-ons for the Firefox web browser.

Verdict

The Littlefox theme is ideal for users who want to save screen estate. Might be ideal to run on a netbook where vertical screen space is limited. The downside is that the theme is not visually stunning at all but that is also not the purpose of it.

Some of the changes can also be achieved in other ways. You could check out our Setup Firefox To Use Minimal Screen Estate for some pointers on how to do that.

Update: Te latest version of the LittleFox theme can be downloaded from Mozilla's official add-ons repository. It is compatible with all version of the browser from version 4.0 up to the latest version, including beta, aurora and nightly versions.

The author of the Firefox theme made sure that it includes support for several popular add-ons like Personas, Stumbleupon, Sage and a lot of others. Most add-ons should however work right out of the box with the theme, while some, especially those that modify the browser chrome as well, may not work at all or only partially.

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  1. archer said on May 20, 2009 at 1:09 am
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    here are a few extensions that will give the theme of your choice a minimalist layout and maximize screen real estate:

    faviconize tab
    tiny menu
    hide caption
    hide favicons
    all in one sidebar
    toolbar buttons

    move location bar and search bar to menubar along with associated buttons. close navbar. put other buttons (provided by toolbar buttons) you need to use in the all in one sidebar strip.

    i never have more than two toolbars open up top, using toggle menubar and toggle bookmarks bar buttons from my sidebar strip, i often have these closed and have none visable.

    i have a widescreen and i also use verttabbar which places tabs on the right.

  2. szekelya said on May 20, 2009 at 8:52 am
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    I have been aiming for the same on my netbook while keeping it visually pleasing: http://ethsza.deviantart.com/art/netbook-companion-121655507

    Theme is chromifox, which I like the best nowadays. Also using:
    -Tiny menu to replace the menu bar with a MENU button
    -Firegestures as mouse gestures, that has a script to toggle Bookmarks Toolbar (hidden on the screenshot) and Menu Toolbar (can be hidden with Down-Right mouse gesture in my setup)
    -Stop or reload button extension – it’s such an obvious behaviour that I can’t even understand why is it not the FF standard
    -Can’t be seen on the screenshot, but I found a great way of saving space on the Bookmarks Toolbar by removing the names of bookmarks, only keeping their favicons. Might clutter the big picture a bit, but it is very efficient.

    And of course there is always F11 for fullscreen, but I prefer to see my tabs.

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