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Ability to hide chrome in Internet Explorer

Submitted by alirobe on October 29, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

Internet Explorer's top section takes up too much room for modern web-based applications on wide-screen monitors. Google Chrome gets it right with the ability to remove all Chrome and use the browser like an application.

Implement a 'collapse' button which hides the unnecessary fluff of the browser to make space for browser based applications like the upcoming Office Web Applications.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

Discussion (10 comments)

alirobe wrote on October 29, 2008, 3:43am

Changed title from [Transparent windows that work right] to [Ability to hide chrome i nIE].
Assigned to categories: "Annoyance", "Usability"
Removed from categories: "Aesthetics"
Changed problem description.
Changed solution description.
Changed severity from [Low] to [Medium].
Changed impact from [Low] to [Medium].

alirobe wrote on October 29, 2008, 3:52am

Changed title from [Ability to hide chrome i nIE] to [Ability to hide chrome in Internet Explorer].
Assigned to categories: "Aesthetics"
Added new image attachment.

alirobe wrote on October 29, 2008, 3:53am

Added new image attachment.

alirobe wrote on October 29, 2008, 3:56am

Changed solution description.

yertthedestroyer wrote on October 29, 2008, 4:21am

F11 should prop it to full-screen mode... not exactly perfect, but it hides the chrome at the top...

wdowell wrote on October 29, 2008, 1:37pm

I was going to add - full screen mode...

Ensign Joe wrote on November 1, 2008, 2:07pm

This is a very good idea.
Maybe this mode should be triggerable by applications with a certain meta-tag (and of course... turned on/off by user)

alirobe wrote on November 1, 2008, 2:30pm

Re: Full screen - It hides the chrome, but it's not very friendly when you're using a web app with other windows.

Joe - That would be great, provided the user explicitly trusted the application - you wouldn't want malicious replacement of the navigation functions - that could lead to all sorts of havoc

Also, I think it would be cool if a meta tag, or perhaps this full screen mode, could disable the navigation clicking noise the browser makes, because the noise is not applicable in many cases where you're trying to make things look like an application.

alirobe wrote on November 1, 2008, 2:51pm

Changed impact from [Medium] to [High].

alirobe wrote on November 1, 2008, 2:51pm

Changed impact from [High] to [Medium].

fcsteve wrote on November 2, 2008, 11:27am

If you look at how ie handles popups, you'll realize that it doesn't let you hide the address bar, or status bar anymore, this is a good thing for security.. the popup window version of ie is more minimal. I'm not so sure this is useful for a user to activate, but more something useful for site builders to use.. and then you are getting into a huge bag of security, policy, standards etc etc.

alirobe wrote on November 2, 2008, 2:49pm

Changed problem description.
Changed solution description.

MiCCAS wrote on November 2, 2008, 9:44pm

I know you can do this in Office; try double clicking on any of the tab headers. Does that work?

Jote wrote on November 3, 2008, 2:32pm

Excellent suggestion and excellent mockup screenshot

tigerhawkvok wrote on November 29, 2008, 12:31am

Sample mockup:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3197/3067112214_9b87988584_b.jpg

I think if it had the orb, that might also be a good idea ... maybe the favorites integrated into there, but I'm not sure. On the one hand, its an extra mouse-motion; on the other hand, its cleaner.

epobirs wrote on March 17, 2010, 5:14am

It's called Kiosk Mode and has been in IE since the 90s.

alirobe wrote on March 17, 2010, 5:52am

Nope, it hasn't. Kiosk mode can't operate in a window - only in full screen. That makes it useless for web apps.

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