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Bookmark Padding in New Firefox Versions

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I know I am not the first person to complain about this. The spacing/padding between menu items, in particular the Bookmark menu is just ridiculously large. It got even bigger in 92.0!

I rely on Bookmarks heavily and use hundreds. I guess this was done for touch screens? The main interface is still currently the mouse for computers.

I see the only current fix is a using a stylesheet and it seems a bit involved. I have to give it a try. I am pleading with the designers, please give us the option to use compact padding once again. I am not sure why this is being forced on us. I really like Firefox, please don't make me look for another option. Thanks!

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Hi All, there is work under way to tighten up the bookmark menus that drop from the main and bookmarks toolbar. In Firefox 93 (next release), the optional Compact density setting will do that. Here's a preview from the "Developer Edition" (based on the beta test version of Firefox 93):

However, we don't expect that to release until early October.

Until then...

Unofficial Community-Supported Workaround

Firefox users can modify the user interface of the browser using custom style rules. This involves setting up a userChrome.css file. If this is your first time, make sure to set aside 10 quiet minutes to work through it.

The full instructions are in the following reply: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1346577#answer-1435049

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I have to ask: Do you developers even understand how we use Firefox? This is not the first time you have made changes without allowing for user preferences to override what YOU think should be the default.

You also need to remember that the average user knows nothing about stylesheets, so telling us "just write this .css file to fix it" is far from a "solution".

Now please go back and put the option back in about:config and patch this debacle.

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Hi All, there is work under way to tighten up the bookmark menus that drop from the main and bookmarks toolbar. In Firefox 93 (next release), the optional Compact density setting will do that. Here's a preview from the "Developer Edition" (based on the beta test version of Firefox 93):

However, we don't expect that to release until early October.

Until then...

Unofficial Community-Supported Workaround

Firefox users can modify the user interface of the browser using custom style rules. This involves setting up a userChrome.css file. If this is your first time, make sure to set aside 10 quiet minutes to work through it.

The full instructions are in the following reply: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1346577#answer-1435049

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Thank you very much for your reply and for listening. Look forward to the update!

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Well, I've had v 93.0 (64-bit) for a few days, and changing the Compact Density option doesn't work for me, and that's after enabling it via about:config's "browser.compactmode.show" preference. Does this work for anyone?

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Jabberjaw said

Well, I've had v 93.0 (64-bit) for a few days, and changing the Compact Density option doesn't work for me, and that's after enabling it via about:config's "browser.compactmode.show" preference. Does this work for anyone?

It depends on where you are looking. As I mentioned before, this change is for drop-downs from the two toolbars:

  1. Bookmarks Toolbar folder drop-downs: Starting in Fx93, Compact Mode density tightens these up
  2. Bookmarks Menu button () drop-down: Starting in Fx93, Compact Mode density tightens this up (see earlier screenshot)
  3. Top menu bar (File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks, Tools, Help) drop-downs: Compact Mode density has no effect
  4. Right-click context menus: Compact Mode density has no effect

I realize that will disappoint many people and... I only have unofficial workarounds.

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Jabberjaw said

Well, I've had v 93.0 (64-bit) for a few days, and changing the Compact Density option doesn't work for me, and that's after enabling it via about:config's "browser.compactmode.show" preference. Does this work for anyone?

By the way, it's a two-step process. After enabling that preference, Compact Mode is added to the Density selector in the Customize screen (Customize Firefox controls, buttons and toolbars). You then need to either use that selector, or you can set the density by hand in about:config (browser.uidensity => 1 for Compact; https://www.userchrome.org/firefox-89-styling-proton-ui.html#compactmode).

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Personally, I am just happy that the .css file workaround still functions in 93.0 (after going to the extra trouble of creating it a month ago), and as long as it does I'm not touching anything that might affect it.

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