Compact Menu and Hide Menubar: Hide the menu bar in Thunderbird

In addition to how powerful they can be, both Firefox as Thunderbird they have something that has always made them stand out from the rest: Extensions.

In this case I show you two extensions that are very useful to me (separately) since they help me gain vertical space on the screen with my Mail Client. The objective of both is to remove or hide the menu bar from its place, since at least I hardly ever use it and it is taking up space unnecessarily.

Compact Menu

I love this extension, especially since it can be customized. What it does is put the menu bar in a unified button, in the style Firefox. In addition, you can change the icon and set other preferences. Look at the following image, how I put the menu with the icon of Thunderbird in the upper right:

Hide Menubar

I used this extension for a long time with Firefox and what it does is, hide the menu bar, which we can access by pressing the key [Old]. Whatever the case, both extensions strictly fulfill their function.


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  1.   Tina Toledo said

    Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu many thanks ... I just installed Compact Menu and it works of hair….

  2.   taregon said

    Excellent, since firefox came out with the option to hide the menu bar, I wanted this same option in thunder and after each update I wanted it to be included, but it was never like that ... until today 😀

  3.   Wolf said

    I've been using the Compact Menu for a couple of months now and it works great. I mean, at least it keeps all those options that I don't use out of sight, haha.

  4.   Rayonant said

    I use Hide Menubar practically since I started using Thunderbird, they are things that you have to look for when each pixel of vertical space is worth gold, that a 10 ″ screen of a netbook does not give too much margin xD

  5.   Christopher said

    Zukitwo: D ...

    Too bad I went back to Evolution on my Debian @@…

  6.   Javier said

    thanks for the idea! looking for how to enlarge the usable area on the netbook, I found your post. But having thb 13 (June 2012) I see that simply by right-clicking on the menu bar, and unchecking Menu, the menu bar disappears, appearing every time I press the ALT key ... Without having installed the HideMenu extension.

    so thanks for the tips!
    /Javier