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I'm very new to Firefox, so I'd appreciate your help.

When I want to view something in a new window, I right-click to bring up the menu, then left-click on "Open link in new window". The new window opens maximized (full screen). Is there any way to make the new window open less than full screen? I know that I can click on "Restore down" in the upper right corner to get the smaller size that I want -- but is there a setting I can use to make the additional window open in that smaller size by default?

I'm not terribly tech savvy, so you're welcome to provide as much detail as you like; I won't be offended if you "dumb it down".  ;-)

I'm very new to Firefox, so I'd appreciate your help. When I want to view something in a new window, I right-click to bring up the menu, then left-click on "Open link in new window". The new window opens maximized (full screen). Is there any way to make the new window open less than full screen? I know that I can click on "Restore down" in the upper right corner to get the smaller size that I want -- but is there a setting I can use to make the additional window open in that smaller size by default? I'm not terribly tech savvy, so you're welcome to provide as much detail as you like; I won't be offended if you "dumb it down". ;-)

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I don't think there is a setting for this.

Firefox generally mimics the style of the current window: if the current window is maximized, opening a link in a new window will use a maximized window.

Accordingly, making the current window not maximized would be the path of least resistance to getting links to open from that window in resizable windows.

Of course, if you want the new window to be much smaller, that won't really help.


As a possible workaround, I wrote an extension to switch new maximized windows to resizable windows. It doesn't have any options at the moment (for example, height, width, left position, top position) but it would be possible to add those in the future if it always appears in a bad place or at a bad size.

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/change-maximized-to-resizable/

Note: That is the future address. It won't appear for a bit because it needs to go through automated code review first. If you want to see the source code, it's over here: https://github.com/jscher2000/change-maximized-to-resizable

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I don't think there is a setting for this.

Firefox generally mimics the style of the current window: if the current window is maximized, opening a link in a new window will use a maximized window.

Accordingly, making the current window not maximized would be the path of least resistance to getting links to open from that window in resizable windows.

Of course, if you want the new window to be much smaller, that won't really help.


As a possible workaround, I wrote an extension to switch new maximized windows to resizable windows. It doesn't have any options at the moment (for example, height, width, left position, top position) but it would be possible to add those in the future if it always appears in a bad place or at a bad size.

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/change-maximized-to-resizable/

Note: That is the future address. It won't appear for a bit because it needs to go through automated code review first. If you want to see the source code, it's over here: https://github.com/jscher2000/change-maximized-to-resizable

I don't think there is a setting for this. Firefox generally mimics the style of the current window: if the current window is maximized, opening a link in a new window will use a maximized window. Accordingly, making the current window ''not'' maximized would be the path of least resistance to getting links to open from that window in resizable windows. Of course, if you want the new window to be much smaller, that won't really help. ---- As a possible workaround, I wrote an extension to switch new maximized windows to resizable windows. It doesn't have any options at the moment (for example, height, width, left position, top position) but it would be possible to add those in the future if it always appears in a bad place or at a bad size. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/change-maximized-to-resizable/ ''Note: That is the future address. It won't appear for a bit because it needs to go through automated code review first. If you want to see the source code, it's over here:'' https://github.com/jscher2000/change-maximized-to-resizable
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Thank you very much for the reply. I'll keep it so that I can check back when you've finished with automated code review. Even knowing that what I wanted to do isn't available now is a big help -- at least I know I wasn't missing the right place to find a setting for it!

Thank you very much for the reply. I'll keep it so that I can check back when you've finished with automated code review. Even knowing that what I wanted to do isn't available now is a big help -- at least I know I wasn't missing the right place to find a setting for it!
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Hi mrshvd3, the extension is now "live" on the Add-ons site if you want to try it. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/change-maximized-to-resizable/

Hi mrshvd3, the extension is now "live" on the Add-ons site if you want to try it. https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/change-maximized-to-resizable/
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