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[Done] Attaching ABP blockable item window to the bottom

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 10:16 am
by Parson
I usually use the ABP blockable items window detached so I get the full view on all columns.

But in case you want to use the "blink feature" (clicking on an item in the list makes the item on the page blink) the window covers most of the screen and you have to move it around or resize it.
Mostly I end up reattaching the window but then again the columns are too small to see what line to select.

The best way would be if we could not only attach the window to the left but also to the bottom.

Maybe you could get some code that does this from the webdeveloper extension. There's that "Edit CSS" window with a toolbar button. Clicking this moves the window clockwise, means it attaches to the top, right, bottom or left.

Would be great if ABP had something similar.

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 4:36 pm
by IceDogg
I detached it and positioned it at the bottom myself worked fine for me. Because it remembers where you put it and what size adjustments you make.

Not exactly what you asking but gets very close to the same resolutes.

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:25 pm
by Parson
Then it's maybe a lack of knowledge on my side.

How exactly did you do this? When I click on reattach the window always snaps to the left side of the browser. Just moving the unattached window to the bottom also doesn't help .

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:05 pm
by IceDogg
Just detach and position the window exactly how you want it. Changing the shape by dragging the edges. Then every time you bring up the blockable item window it should stay in that same position. Don't reattach as that seems to (I assume) reset everything. Just when your done click the X to exit the window.

Assumptions I'm making here are:
1. You are using Windows (XP or Vista, Don't know about earlier versions)
2. Firefox 2 or greater (Maybe earlier versions too, but I haven't tested those).

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:28 pm
by Parson
Now I know what you mean; so you don't reattach the window but use it only resized at the bottom.

This has some disadvantages because it still covers a part of the window. Reattaching is so smart because it automatically resizes the browser window and you can switch to a bigger view with just a click.

So I'd still prefer a way attaching the window directly on all possible sides, if this would be possible.

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:34 pm
by IceDogg
Ok, I see what you mean now. I can see where a block able item could get behind the window.. I make mine small at the bottom but if your resolution is lower I can see this being a problem. Sorry I couldn't help more. Maybe WP will take a look and see what if anything he wants to change.

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 12:43 am
by Dr. Evil
You can do this with some little css magic in your userChrome.css or Stylish:

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@namespace url(;

@-moz-document url(chrome://browser/content/browser.xul) {
  #browser {
    -moz-box-orient: vertical;
    -moz-box-direction: reverse; /* comment out to have the "sidebar" on top */
  #browser > splitter {
    cursor: n-resize !important;
    border-width: 2px 0 !important;
    border-style: solid !important;
    -moz-border-top-colors: ThreeDShadow ThreeDHighlight !important;
    -moz-border-bottom-colors: ThreeDDarkShadow ThreeDFace !important;
    min-height: 6px !important;
(Note that this code will move the sidebar to the bottom regardless of what it displays - history or bookmarks or whatever sidebar will be moved as well. If you use these, this is probably a bit inconvenient. I'd suggest you use Stylish then. With this you can just enable/disable the style when needed without restarting Firefox.)

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:33 am
by IceDogg
Dr. Evil that messes up big time in the Minefield builds. Just a FYI.. or it did on mine.

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 2:53 pm
by Parson
Works for me. But you're right, the fact that it affects all sidebars diminishes the joy of this workaround.

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 5:10 pm
by Dr. Evil
IceDogg wrote:Dr. Evil that messes up big time in the Minefield builds. Just a FYI.. or it did on mine.
I used a Minefield build when testing and writing the code... Maybe it's the theme (I'm using the "classic" 1.5 theme and many styles in Stylish to make it look better and work in Minefield...)

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 6:53 pm
by IceDogg
I use default theme too. Could be another style. I'll look into it.

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 3:02 am
by alta88
well, there is an (almost) very cool solution. the sidebar loads

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but for some reason gives an 'Adblock hasn't been installed properly' error when loaded in a page. then, you could install Split Browser to make a window anywhere you want and load ABP blockable items into it.

wp, any reason the chrome can't be loaded in a page?

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:26 am
by Wladimir Palant
Yes, you cannot load this just anywhere - it needs a link to the window it should display elements of.

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:36 pm
by alta88
could this be done? it seems it would work just like tabs - whatever tab has focus shows its items, same with a multipane view, whichever pane has focus.

the whole hardcoded and singular sidebar in Fx is fairly poor design. with split browser, there is ultimate user choice. no reason xul can't load in a pane.

OP is correct, it's fundamentally 'horizontal' content.

as always, thanks.

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 12:10 am
by Wladimir Palant
The current development build shows the list of blockable items at the bottom of the browser window. It seems to work well, this change should still be considered experimental however. Please test.