Having used my Toshiba NB205 netbook for a few weeks now, I find myself wanting to eek out every available pixel that I can for useful purposes. At a maximum resolution of 1020 x 600, I find the width of most webpages to be satisfactorily displayed, but the height is limiting. This is especially true when browser menus, toolbars, status bars, etc. take up valuable vertical space. While it is true that using the “kiosk mode” while browsing ( also called “Full Screen” & can be accessed by F11 key) is one solution and hiding things like the status bar can help as well, that forces things like the search box and address bar to be hidden as well and I miss having the status bar available to show things like my download status and weather from Forecastfox.
I have found a workaround in Firefox through the use of an add-on called Personal Menu. This add-on allows the File|Edit|Tools|etc. menus as well as Bookmarks and History to be represented by tiny icons in the same row as the address bar and the search box. On a netbook, this is an ideal solution as it allows the top row to be sized very small while maintaining most of the useful browser functionality only a click or two away.
The Personal Menu add-on for Firefox can be downloaded at this link: