Increasingly just about everyone (including Microsoft !) finds it OK to keep
taking big bites out of the available browser display area by adding their
components to the top header area. Starting with the IE top bar, then
File/Edit/View/Favorites, Norton IE security, Favorites again, then the tabs,
and below the status bar. It would be easy to imagine users whose available
browser area is effectively reduced by a third !!
My suggestion is to increase the control and choice given to users to layout
the header & footer area (by that I mean EVERYTHING from and including the
top bar, menu bars, favorites, search. The lot!) - beyond simply turning
toolbars on or off. Beyond limited dragging and dropping them as currently. I
can envisage an approach that is more like: (a) identify (perhaps as a % of
the visible screen height, 5%,10%,15%,20"...) the maximum you (well, it is
your screen!) want to be used by ALL the options/bars by MS and/or others.
Then (b) present an editable area whereby users can move around the "areas"
that are wanted - and even making them scale in size (height, width, font?).
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