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Hide Navigation Toolbar in Firefox & Use Shortcut to Open Links and Browse Web

Want to get larger screen to read the main content of a webpage but do not want to enter the full screen mode in Firefox? Here are a few things you can do: hide the add-on bar, hide the bookmarks toolbar, and hide the navigation toolbar. There are shortcuts to hide bookmarks and add-on bar, but not for the navigation.

Hide Navigation Bar is the Firefox extension that lets you easily hide the toolbar simply by pressing a single keyboard shortcut, F2. Press F2, and the toolbar will be gone as long as you want it to be.

hide navigation bar

The extension lets you apply a custom hotkey to replace the default F2 key. Moreover, it can also be set to hide the toolbar at Firefox startup.

If you want to open a new link or URL address, you don’t have to unhide the navigation toolbar to type the address in the address bar. Just press Alt + D. This will pop up the “Open Web Location” window.

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By default the URL that you open through the “Open Web Location” window is opened in current tab. You can make it open in a new tab or new window if you want to.

If you enable the toolbar auto-hide option of the extension, you can display the navigation toolbar by moving mouse cursor to tab area. This lets you access the address bar and the add-on icons. However, to type and open a new URL, I personally like the shortcut Alt + D more because it is faster.

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In short, there are three ways you can open a new URL when the navigation toolbar is hidden:

  1. Use the combination of Alt + D.
  2. Enable the auto-hide feature of the extension so that you can simply move mouse cursor to tab area whenever you want to make the address bar visible.
  3. Press Ctrl + T to open a new tab and then press F6.


  • Aside from enabling the auto-hide feature so that you can get access to the add-on icons on the navigation toolbar by moving mouse cursor to the tab bar, you can optionally move the icons to the tab bar. The add-on icons can be moved through the Customize Window setting.
  • If you want to copy the URL of the current tab when the navigation bar is hidden, you can also use F6 and then followed by Ctrl + C.

Go to Firefox add-on page to download and install Hide Navigation Bar

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