I’ve been playing, very vaguely, with the layout of Internet Explorer’s toolbars. I use IE as my main browser (for speed and ease of access to all those poorly coded sites) and figured it was worth spending some time getting it to a state I like. I prefer to have the top toolbars take up as little screen space as possible to give me the largest browsing space possible. Since installing the Google Toolbar a few months ago I’ve had three layers of toolbar, but today I’ve reduced that to two. I took a look at the toolbars and realised there was a lot there that I never use. So, bye-bye ‘Favourites’ and ‘History’ and the ‘Go’ button. Bye-bye Google ‘options’ and ‘news’. Then I had to make a conceptual leap. I’m used to the top level containing drop down menus only, including ‘file’ and ‘edit’ and ending with ‘help’. There’s a lot of space next to these menus that I’ve never been able to get used to using. However, Google fits in there pretty nicely. I also discovered that IE lets me resize text sizes from the toolbar, which is useful for me as I do that when I’m checking out site designs.
The downside of this approach is the screen is more fussy. The valuable white (well, grey) space has gone from my browser. I may cave in and change it back, but it’s worth a shot. Have a go and let me know if you come up with something good.