Disable Opera menu bar for extra screen space

Opera I kept forgetting to disable Opera menu bar since meltdown-forced reinstall. So post about that, while trying very hard to keep my mind off Opera Software torturing teaser to announcement next week.

Why bother

Menu bars are very standard and all over software. While traditionally menu bars offer access to all app’s functions most of those are used in faster and more convenient ways (toolbar buttons, hotkeys, context menus).

Standard menu control is also inflexible and can waste good chunk of space on maximized windows.

Using hotkey

Opera has native hotkey (Alt+F11) for enabling and disabling menu bar. For some reason by default that hotkey is marked as Mac and Linux specific.

This can be easily edited out (see post on Opera hotkeys for details) and will work on Windows just as well.

Using interface button

Since toggling menu in and out all the time is hardly best interface concept it is more viable to replace it with another control that will serve same purpose but without flaws.

Opera has extensive system to create interface buttons with custom functions so no wonder someone bothered to make one that has toggle menu plus menu dropdown (via Opera Browser Wiki).

Overall

It may seem like a small trick but considering that browser is where we spent most of time nowadays (or at least Wakoopa stats say so) such small tweaks ensure great usability and plenty of seconds saved over time.

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2 Comments

  • Interesting post. I actually use the menu bar quite a lot and have additional stuff like StumbleUpon and Stylish for Opera over there.

    This is a nice idea. I am gonna try and see if I can adapt to life without menu bar.

    And yeah, thanks for the button. its awesome.

  • @Pallab

    It hurts me to see how much space menu bar wastes on widescreen. :) I like to use every pixel.

    For button kudos to Opera Wiki, a lot of awesome tweaks over there.

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