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Preferences Toolbar 2

Friday September 20th, 2002

Bill Lynch writes: "You mentioned the redesigned XulPlanet today [Thursday], but didn't mention the excellent Preferences Toolbar they have — I just installed it and it works great and is very helpful for developers."

The Preferences Toolbar allows you to quickly change many common user preferences without having to open a separate dialogue. It's recently been completely rewritten and a new version is now available. Preferences Toolbar 2 allows you to set even more prefs and adds user-agent string spoofing and several other useful features. This latest version is also completely customizable and can be easily toggled with a press of the F8 key. If that's not enough, there's also a button that takes you straight to MozillaZine. Go to the download page to install it now or get more information.


#21 Some suggestions .....

by bcwright <bcwright@ix.netcom.com>

Friday September 20th, 2002 3:40 PM

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Version 2.1 of the Preferences Toolbar seems to work a lot better than 2.0. A couple of suggestions:

1) It would be good to be able to use more icons in the toolbar. For example, the "Hide Toolbar" button is pretty big if it has to have the entire text string on it; a simple "X" icon (as is used in the Tab bar for example) would be a good idea at least as an option. Similar comments could be made for things like the "Back", "Forward", "Reload", and "Stop" buttons (possibly others but those all have obvious icons).

2) If you implement #1 it would be nice if you could choose either text or icons in the Preferences panel. It looks like this is more-or-less possible now if you create custom buttons (the main issue looks like the use of special icons) but it would be nice to have this as a simple checkbox.

3) It might also be useful to be able to build a menu panel with a list of checkable items - ie, similar to View->Show/Hide or View->Text Zoom for menus with multiple true/false selections or "one of many" selections.

These are all nits. Overall a great job!

--Bruce