Locationbar Results Context Menu and Button-Bar (Firefox)

I propose an idea for a firefox extension.  Well, it can be an extension, or possibly a full patch for Firefox so that others can use the basic idea.

In Firefox, and all browsers, there is this thing known as a locationbar.  In Firefox, it doubles as a search for history.  The idea of this was tagged ‘awesomebar’.  It works pretty well, but I notice something.  It is without a context menu that I think would help the advanced user heavily.

Why would a context menu help?  Well, it would be a context menu that is useful for doing changes to the Places architecture that was also added.  It could also, just for the sake of duplication, give common opening functions.  The main idea though, is the context menu.  Ubiquity could use a context menu to use commands with the noun type of URL and has no arguments.

Personally, what would I like to see in such a context menu though?  I shall list it here:

  1. Open->
    1. Here
    2. New Tab
    3. New Window
    4. Favicon
    5. Source
  2. Remove Page From History
  3. Remove Site From History
  4. Bookmark (or Remove Bookmark)
  5. Copy->
    1. URL
    2. Title

For Open, you can easily do Here and New Tab with the mouse, and are duplicates.  I have no clue how to open a tab in a new window, and I do not care to learn.  I like one window, and cope by faviconizing tabs.  The Favicon is there because I personally have a hard time finding the links to them myself for some reason.  It is also there because it means you do not have to open the page or the source of it to obtain it.  The source option is there for the same reason.

Remove page from history removes the one individual item.  The remove site option does it for any of the site, as said somewhere elese.   Bookmark allows bookmarking a page without having to visit it, just like Open->Source makes it so that you do not have to open the page to view source.

Copy is there because copy is always there…  😛

Anybody with Firefox Extensibility skills, or wants to learn how to make an extension should attempt to make this, as you already have a potential user.

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One Comment on “Locationbar Results Context Menu and Button-Bar (Firefox)”

  1. You can do most of these things already, they’re just not necessarily discoverable. Which I guess is what you’re trying to solve here.

    However, I’d argue that a popup menu isn’t all that discoverable – especially one that pops up from what is essentially another popup. The exception of course would be an advanced user, who would probably already know how to easily do these tasks.

    That being said, the above are *not* reasons not to make an extension do this. There’s bound to be some limited subset of users that would find this useful. Although a few of those options seem more geared towards web developers (notably Favicon and View source).


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