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.
@AnonymousI think this concept is a bit overloaded with buttons, but it made me think - what if we indeed use the Safari concept, like on your picture (if I understood you correctly) - if the tab is active, show a slightly-wider-than-tab addressbar instead of it. (No need to make address bar too wide, because we still want to show tabs and people tend to have many of them opened) Many address bar buttons can be collapsed into one, like firefox already does if the window is too narrow:
Buttons like menu, downloads, back and refresh I'd move to the side of tab area anyway. Btw, I think that your idea with bookmarks should be posted as a separate idea, here we discuss only the compact mode for Firefox
The refresh and fav button could be on the tab (and visible only on hover maybe ?)
I think that bookmark and refresh buttons on tabs aren't really user friendly - they are too small and when there are too many tabs, they are squished so much that these buttons will overlap all the text on the tab.
We could put the hamburger button on the left because it looks a bit weird next to the reduce button (at least on windows)
Agree, but I don't mind it being near Minimize button. And I don't mind it being on the left (sort of like where the File menu is, and the icon can be a Firefox logo instead of hamburger) - though I guess there can be other buttons that fit there better (like vertical tabs btn for example, like in Edge). I think we can show a user profile pic instead of a hamburger if it's on the right - it is a pretty well-known UX and doesn't look as weird.
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@steel835if the active tab has a fixed width we can add more stuff in it (+ if they're only visible on hover it's not a big deal).
With many tabs it could look like this :
I also added the sound indicator icon instead of the "Playing" text (this icon is already used on pinned tabs).
And since the Lock icon is not always visible with my unique icon idea I talked earlier I though we could color code the domain, green = secured, red = not secured. 🤔
Hi! @batata "And since the Lock icon is not always visible with my unique icon idea I talked earlier I though we could color code the domain, green = secured, red = not secured." Was it something like you thought?
I thought about it, about this idea
I want an option to make the toolbar more compact. There was one before the redesign, but now I only have the option to make it bigger. I prefer how Firefox looked before the redesign.
Please vote for the idea "Allow resizing of the UI" that has made it to 'In Review' so the developers see that there is demand for it.
There is a secret hidden way to add "Compact" back to the Density selector. More info:
But something more discoverable certainly would be welcome.
Bookmark toolbar beautification
The drop-down list of the bookmark toolbar can reduce the font and line spacing, so that it looks more compact and intuitive, and there is no need to search with the mouse wheel when there are many favorite addresses.
>Add the option merge the tab bar and back/forward/reload/address/search bar in to one (similar to the "compact" view in macOS Safari
>Make compact view official again.
OMG this is amazing, just like macOS Safari "Compact tabs".