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Posted
28 March 2008 @ 4pm

Tagged
Firefox, Mozilla

AwesomeBar Awesome Feature #832

A friend of mine mentioned how awesome the new Firefox 3 beta is last night while we were playing a little Halo. “I know,” I told him, maybe a little cockily.

Undeterred, he plowed on, “the best new feature is, you know how you can collapse the toolbar and location bar on the Mac? With that little capsule button in the corner?”

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“Yeeaah,” I offered, eager to hear where this was going, figuring he was going to say something like, you know it makes the browser area bigger, right?

“Well, now when you’ve got it collapsed, you can hit Cmd-L and a little Location Bar drops down.”

I let this sink in for a minute, realizing I was in uncharted territory.

“You mean I can hit Cmd-L and a Location Bar appears out of nowhere?” I asked incredulously.

“Yeah! It totally saves all kinds of space on my MacBook!”.

“O.M.G.” I think I said.


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So, yeah, that little useless capsule button? Not so useless anymore. And having the full awesome power of the AwesomeBar available on Cmd-L in a collapsed toolbar? I can’t even tell you how cool that is.


15 Comments

Posted by
Colin Barrett
28 March 2008 @ 4pm

It’d be great if this wasn’t a sheet and the full awesomebar dropdown was shown for autocomplete…

…but still SUPER cool. Who implemented this? Beer will be bought.


Posted by
adam
28 March 2008 @ 5pm

that’s very cool, I checked it out in Firefox 2.0.0.13 and it works as well.


Posted by
Jesse Ruderman
28 March 2008 @ 6pm

It’s not the *full* power of the awesomebar until it shows both URLs and titles.


Posted by
Jesse Ruderman
28 March 2008 @ 6pm

Coincidentally, this feature is broken on trunk right now. See bug 425798.


Posted by
Zak Greant
28 March 2008 @ 6pm

This is groovy — unfortunately though, when the command bar is minimized and I press Command+K to get to the search box, I am simply redirected to Google. I would much rather have a drop down box for search as well.


Posted by
robcee
28 March 2008 @ 6pm

Jesse: yeah, gavin informed me that he broke this feature right around the time I blogged about it. Well done!

Zak: I agree and was thinking the same thing.

While I’m agreeing with people, I agree with Colin too, that it’d be super slick if the UI was a sliding text box with the awesomebar in it instead of a sheet.

Nevertheless, I still think it’s a great new feature.


Posted by
Ahruman
28 March 2008 @ 7pm

Ahh, so it’s like what Safari does in that situation, only gratuitously modal. ;-)


Posted by
Seth Spitzer
28 March 2008 @ 7pm

Rob / Jesse: see https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=408007 about using the full AwesomeBar in the two other UI areas where it might make sense.


Posted by
David Naylor
29 March 2008 @ 8am

Cool!

I’ve always wondered how to do something similar to the windows F11/Fullscreen in OS X.


Posted by
Coop
29 March 2008 @ 1pm

Hawt!


Posted by
Neil
31 March 2008 @ 6am

New feature? Sigh. Even Mozilla 1.x had that feature, although you had to press Accel+Shift+L to get it.


Posted by
robcee
31 March 2008 @ 12pm

Neil: but it was only 1/10th as awesome…


Posted by
mark
25 June 2008 @ 11am

Any way to do this with a shortcut instead, so I don’t hav o take my hands of the keyboard?


Posted by
robcee
25 June 2008 @ 2pm

mark: not sure of any way to collapse the toolbars via the keyboard. Maybe Neil knows.


Posted by
mark
28 June 2008 @ 2pm

Neil?

This would be a great add-on. Wish I knew how to write them.