The latest controversial proton redesign added new two lines tabs, however it haven't been put to great use.
I think we can do better and at the same time bring back the compact mode by merging the search bar and the tab bar.
While we put the url directly into the tabs, other icons could go in the tool bar, making a better use of the window surface.
The url is a clickable text area
and expands to show the full search bar when we start typing.
Combine the tab title bar and toolbar(web address bar) into one bar to maximize the view area.
Just like safari in MacOS, the web address bar can be in the same bar with the tab title.
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There should be an awareness that the display area is a resource and should not be wasted.
Someone mentioned combining the tab bar with the address bar - IE actually tried this in IE10 back in 2013 - I even found a review about it!
"Since IE crams everything on one row—the address/search box, tabs, and controls—tabs can get mighty narrow. But there's some help for that: You can place IE's tabs on their own row—separate from the search box—if you find you're opening too many to fit, and arrows appear on either side of the tab bar if you open too many tabs to display in the allotted space."
For me though, give me vertical tabs (and hide the top tab strip) and the vertical space issue disappears, literally 😀
I fear that due to Firefox's declining market share, Mozilla will become conservative in its design to keep current users. For example, they are dragging the old UI, such as still using pop-ups.
With screens and the limiting amount of space every inch counts. I have the menu bar at the top then my web page tab horizontally below, the the address bar below this. It would be good to have more control over the spacing of these. There is 1/2" of wasted space between the menu bar and the tab, that I would like to claim. Thanks for reading.
Please provide a "Compact view" option (As in Windows 11 "File Explorer" > "View" menu) for the Bookmark vertical spacing. ie. So Bookmarks and Bookmark Folders are closer together from drop down menus.
Back/forward buttons are not a necessity since the same functionality can be done with a keyboard or a 5-button pointing device. Why doesn't Firefox make those arrows easily customizable?
There is no good reason for the margins around the tabs. Sure it looks different and fancy but in practice it just steals space from the viewport. Better to focus on ergonomics and not aesthetics.
Option to enable it is hidden so many users cannot find it driving usage metrics down and I'm afraid it will be removed completely soon. Just make it first-class citizen, we need compact design on large screens.