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Strollin' around
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Just like how we used to be able to select "compact."

I understand that more and more people are using vertically oriented devices like phones and tablets, but there is still a huge market share of users on desktop devices, and with the market saturated by widescreen displays, taking up vertical space while having 4 inches of white space on the left and right side of practically every website makes no sense.

I switch between Firefox and Opera because I really enjoy the sidebar that Opera has as it makes much more efficient use of screen real estate.

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(Note: similar ideas have been merged into this thread)

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Currently the Lepton CSS theme support compact view. By the way, I don't recommend using Opera because it was being bought by a Chinese company which had terrible privacy reputation and even its founder left this company. I recommend using vivaldi instead.

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I would like to have a browser that works well for convergence. That means when on a small and low resolution display (IE display on phone) it has the phone style and when the phone is connected to a USB-C dock with a 32" 4K monitor it changes to the tabbed view that works well with such displays.

Currently I have the a Huawei Mate 10 Pro that when connected to a dock or USB-C monitor displays a different interface for the larger screen but Firefox displays the same interface as it does on the phone screen.

I also have a Librem5 which has a window layout that is mostly optimised for a large screen on a laptop or desktop even though it's not a particularly large or high resolution phone.

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I just came back to firefox after using a different variant that no longer works.  The toolbars icons are three times the height of the text - why? if we can see the text we don't need huge icons. Additionally there is a rediculous amount of white space above and below each so the toolbars take up a third of my screen! Even in compact mode which barely makes a difference. We are here to look at web pages not admire browser UI. I can only see three lines of my email, or a relatively small video window and pressing control minus now only changes text size not overall page sizing. It's actually unuseable.

Who are they making this for? don't other people still use laptops?

I'll have to see if opera has fared any better with the page sizing.


Strollin' around

When people try Firefox for the first time and the webpage viewing area is smaller than their previous browser, I think they may uninstall Firefox. They will not realise there are options to increase the viewing area yourself by re-enabling compact mode and selecting a thinner scrollbar style. Customise mode should have a scrollbar style selector menu along the bottom.

Eg, Toolbars v, Density v, Scrollbars v.