Moving Button UI Problem

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Firefox 10 (released on ) decided to auto-hide the Forward button when there's no forward.

Firefox 10 Forward button autohide screenshot 1
Firefox 10 Forward button autohide screenshot 2
Firefox 10 Forward button autohide

Very annoying. Because, as you navigate among the pages, the movement of these icons is distracting.

One of the principle of User Interface design is not to have buttons move around.

There doesn't seem to be a built-in way to disable this auto-hide. A workaround to stop this behavior is to set the icons to small. Right click on a empty area in the tool bar, then choose menu [Customize…]. Then check mark [Use Small Icons].

this workaround doesn't work in Linux for Firefox 18.0.2 (as of ).

Firefox 10 release notes 2022-03-16 6sF4
Source Firefox 10 release notes [2015-11-07 https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/10.0/releasenotes/ ] screenshot 2022-03-16

User Interface Design