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    Firefox 91 - GUI changed again - whitespace in menus.

    I have just upgraded all packages on my Xubuntu 20.04 and find that firefox 91 has again made unnecessary and as far as I'm concerned very annoying changes to the GUI and has re-introduced huge amounts of wasted whitespace in all menus, eg Bookmarks, Application Menu (from the hamburger icon top right) meaning that some menus, Bookmarks in particular need a lot of scrolling to see everything.
    I had previously managed to get rid of that space by disabling proton in the about:config page but that is no longer effective.

    What is the point of all this white space?
    Touchscreens may need it but not a package for a more normal PC using a mouse or touchpad surely!

    I know there has been a lot of discussion about firefox GUI changes since FF 89 appeared but this most recent change seems to be more permanent and I am not sure how effective changes made on the userChrome.css file mentioned in these threads is now working as it did.
    See threads
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2463096
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2463077
    Last edited by ajgreeny; August 12th, 2021 at 07:01 PM. Reason: More details.

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    Re: Firefox 91 - GUI changed again - whitespace in menus.

    Please show with screenshots how the whitespace has increased in Firefox 91. I use it too, but am not sure what you mean when I compare my current Firefox with yours screenshots from the two links.

    I think that the height of the items have increased. so that the vertical spacing has increased. Is there also some other change, that is wasting space?

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    Re: Firefox 91 - GUI changed again - whitespace in menus.

    It looks the same to me before the upgrade. Do you have a screenshot?

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    Re: Firefox 91 - GUI changed again - whitespace in menus.

    I don't have a screenshot from FF-90 of the menu from the hamburger icon top right or Bookmarks menu from the toolbar icon that I use but I have just taken sceenshots of the wasted space caused by the whitespace in menus in FF-91.

    I agree that the height of the toolbars has also been increased a bit wasting more screenspace for no good reason, and I've just noticed that I have lost the FF icon top left in the tabs toolbar; not too important but I did like it and my userChrome.css is still set to show it as it was in FF-90.

    All relatively minor things in some ways, but still annoying!
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    Re: Firefox 91 - GUI changed again - whitespace in menus.

    To regain the lost vertical space, you can set 'browser.compactmode.show' to true in 'about:config' and then go to 'customize toolbars' (retranslated from German 'Symbolleisten anpassen') and choose 'Density' -> 'Compact (unsupported)' on the bottom of the window.

    Reducing the space between menu items is possible by including this bit in your userChrome.css:
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    subview-subheader, panelview .toolbarbutton-1, .subviewbutton, .widget-overflow-list .toolbarbutton-1 {
    
        margin: 2px 2px !important;
        min-height: 16px !important;
        padding: 2px 2px !important;
    }
    You might want to play around with the values for margin and padding to strike a balance between density and readability.

    And to get the tabs back to looking like tabs instead of free floating buttons, this bit of css:
    Code:
    .tab-background{
         border-radius: 0px 0px !important;
         margin-bottom: 0px !important;
    }
    If you like rounded corners on the active tab, play with the values for border-radius.

    Holger

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    Re: Firefox 91 - GUI changed again - whitespace in menus.

    Holger, I tried that entry to change the whitespace in menus but it has made no difference at all.

    I have also totally removed the userChrome.css file which did not change anything at all in the GUI and then as a test, made a lot of edits, none of which changed anything.
    I am now beginning to consider the possibility that the userChrome.css configuration file has been completely disabled and has no effect any more.
    Any thoughts or ideas about that?

    EDIT:
    Well I have no idea how this happened unless it was the move the FF-91 but I found that the userChrome.css was indeed disabled and needed enabling again by toggling the about:config entry of toolkit.legacyUserProfileCustomizations.stylesheet s from false to true.
    This has brought back the GUI that I had in FF-89 after making many edits to the userChrome.css file.
    Last edited by ajgreeny; August 13th, 2021 at 10:54 PM.

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    Re: Firefox 91 - GUI changed again - whitespace in menus.

    Actually, what Holder posted worked well here. It used to be more compact, but floating tabs are gone.

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    Re: Firefox 91 - GUI changed again - whitespace in menus.

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    I don't have a screenshot from FF-90 of the menu from the hamburger icon top right or Bookmarks menu from the toolbar icon that I use but I have just taken sceenshots of the wasted space caused by the whitespace in menus in FF-91.

    I agree that the height of the toolbars has also been increased a bit wasting more screenspace for no good reason, and I've just noticed that I have lost the FF icon top left in the tabs toolbar; not too important but I did like it and my userChrome.css is still set to show it as it was in FF-90.

    All relatively minor things in some ways, but still annoying!
    I see, since I don't use the menu and bookmark bars I don't see any difference.

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    Re: Firefox 91 - GUI changed again - whitespace in menus.

    I don't use the menubar either but I do have the Show Bookmarks icon in my toolbar which opens a bookmarks menu, now stretched out so much that it doesn't fit my screen.

    As I said, it's not a major problem, just annoying!

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    Re: Firefox 91 - GUI changed again - whitespace in menus.

    I have just looked at the information at https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtop...53855#p2053855 which I found at the linuxmint forum. This offers another method, now named Lepton, of dealing with this GUI problem in FF and it does seem to get rid of the whitespace in menus, my main worry at the moment.
    However it does not give me the coloured icons in the toolbar that make life a lot quicker for me; I dislike monochrome, boring icons which always need a closer loo, to see which is which.
    Last edited by ajgreeny; August 17th, 2021 at 08:47 AM.

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