Dealing with CSS fixed position headers and footers in Firefox
I'll start with what I tweeted:
Does anyone know of a Firefox addon that finds CSS 'fixed' position elements and removes that to make them non-fixed elements? There are a number of addons that will hide fixed elements entirely, but I would rather have them remain visible but scroll offscreen as I scroll.
The Firefox addons I know for hiding CSS 'fixed' elements are
Sticky Ducky - clean the fixed elements,
which seems to offer multiple levels of dealing with them, Fixed
width and CSS Annihilator, which
has additional effects but can be used selectively, Hide Fixed
Unfixed! - Fixed Elements Remover.
Additionally, on Twitter
Martin Tournoij shared a bookmarklet for this, which could easily be
changed to set '
position: inherit !important;' instead of its current
The reason I'm interested in this is the usual one of the plague of fixed headers and footers. Until now, I've mostly been zapping them away temporarily or permanently with uBlock Origin. Since I'm now using Stylus to make visited links visible again, I've also used it to modify a few sites to de-fix these elements instead of just removing them, which sparked my interest in a more general solution. Always hiding fixed elements isn't what I want, since some of the navigation is actually useful; I just don't want them on screen taking up space all the time. If I want to navigate, I'm perfectly capable of scrolling up (or down, but headers are more common than footers).
In looking at various of the sites I use, it's clear that applying this universally would be a bad idea (especially universally hiding fixed position elements). Thus, the ideal addon would have a site list of some sort and only take effect on some sites, with a simple toggle for it (and perhaps an option to either de-fix or hide fixed elements for each site). Martin Tournoij's bookmarklet would be a great option if only there was a way to have convenient access to it in a Firefox setup where you have the bookmarks toolbar hidden. Unfortunately as far as I know you can't put a button or a label for individual bookmarklets on the title bar.
Comments on this page:Written on 02 July 2021.