A wonderfully simple Firefox trick

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This week’s tip is probably one of the simplest ones I have ever published, and most people probably don’t know about it. But it can make viewing some web pages a whole lot easier.

For me, a fairly good portion of my Firefox window is taken up by menus and toolbars. I only keep the ones that I use, but those are several. I have the Stumbleupon toolbar, the Linkwad toolbar, the Firefox Bookmarks toolbar, the regular address/search bar, and then there’s also the Status bar at the bottom of the screen. I need a good size monitor just to see any actual content!

What if there’s a website for which you need more screen space to see it all? That’s easy.

Just hit the F11 button on your keyboard.

Go ahead, try it (it works with both Firefox 2, Firefox 3, and even Internet Explorer). When you hit F11, all of those toolbars and menus disappear, and all you see is the actual content of the web page. Want your menus and toolbars back? Just hit F11 again.

Sometimes the best things in life aren’t just free, they’re simple too.

This reporter gets a surprise while she is doing a live report. I guess when the report is about wrestling, anything can happen.

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Anonymous
July 1st, 2008

Heh…clicking on the video displays the message “We’re sorry, this video is no longer available.”

Scott Johnson
July 1st, 2008

I just went there, refreshed the page, and played the video with no problem. Anyone else having trouble with the video clip of the live news reporter?