Remove anything that is sticky on websites

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 16, 2018

Websites may throw a large number of different sticky things at your browser on load, from "we use cookies" and "please disable your ad-blocker" to "sign-up for our newsletter" or ads that move with the screen.

While some of these may be useful in some situations, they are more often than not annoying. Options to close the elements to hide them on the screen are offered by most sites but some shady ones may display sticky elements without such options.

Sticky elements are bad for a number of reasons: they take up valuable space which you notice more on small-screen or resolution devices, are often distracting, and may get in the way when you use page scroll functionality or want to print or save pages.

Kill Sticky Headers

kill sticky elements website

Kill Sticky Headers is a bookmarklet that you can run on any webpage you visit to remove sticky elements on it.

All that it takes is to click on the bookmarklet to execute it. The bookmarklet does its magic and removes the sticky element from the web page without touching anything else on it.

Useful especially if a site forces sticky elements on you that you cannot close or hide immediately. If you have ever been to a Pinterest listing of images you know that the site displays a sticky sign-up element on the page when you interact with the page a bit.

The element has no hide or close option and while you can use tricks to browse Pinterest without registration for as long as you like, most users would probably prefer an easier solution.

That easier solution comes in the form of Kill Sticky Headers as it removes sticky elements on webpages with just a click.

Note: The bookmarklet does not work on many sites in Firefox right now, likely because of this bug.

Here is a slightly modified version of Kill Sticky Headers that supports sticky and fixed position elements.

javascript:(function () {
var i, elements = document.querySelectorAll('body *');

for (i = 0; i < elements.length; i++) {
if (["sticky", "fixed"].includes(getComputedStyle(elements[i]).position)) {

All that is left is create a new bookmark and use the code as a the URL.

  • Chrome and Chromium-based browsers: Right-click on the bookmarks bar and select New > Page. If the bookmarks bar is not there, use Ctrl-Shift-B to display it. Add the code as the URL and pick a descriptive name for the bookmarklet.
  • Firefox and Firefox-based browsers:  Right-click on the main toolbar and select Bookmarks Bar to display it. on the bar and select New Bookmark. Paste the code into the location field and pick a descriptive name. Select add to save it. The bookmarklet does not work right now on sites that use Content Security Policy apparently.

Just click on the new bookmark whenever you want to execute its JavaScript function.

Tip: You can use uBlock Origin to remove any element on any page permanently. If you are worried about cookie notices primarily, check out this guide on how to deal with them permanently.

Closing Words

Kill Sticky Headers is a useful bookmarklet that hides sticky elements such as cookie notices, newsletter sign up forms, or registration prompts, from websites temporarily. It works fine on many sites at the time of writing but there are probably some with limited functionality after running the script.

Now You: How do you deal with sticky elements on websites?

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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